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NORFOLK -- A big, yellow rubber duck made quite a splash in Norfolk.

The inflatable sculpture is the creation of 37-year-old Florentijn Hofman, a Dutch artist known for large-scale urban installations. It's made from PVC and stayed inflated by a fan on its supporting barge.

The duck has traveled the world and came to Norfolk to help celebrate the reopening of The Chrysler Museum of Art following a 16-month renovation.

It was the duck's first East coast appearance and it even has its own Web site and Facebook page, where people posted their photos and comments.

Thousands of people saw the duck in Hague Inlet during its stop from May 17-May 26. On Tuesday, the duck was deflated so it could be moved to another city.

On the WVEC13 Facebook page, people posted their selfies and other photos and comments about seeing the giant duck.

J Bush wrote, 'Thank You Duckie for your visit. Our area enjoyed your stay and put lots of smiles on all of our faces. Safe travels!!!'

'I loved seeing it & loved seeing everyone's pictures..it may seem stupid for some but I think that anything that brings people together be it a simple floating duck & puts smiles on peoples faces is priceless,' posted J. Moore.

E. Oliver added, 'Miss it already.'

Statistics from the Chrysler Museaum of Art
-- Rubber Duck is so big it acts like a sail. It was lashed to a seven-ton barge, and the barge was anchored to three concrete pilings, each two tons.

-- There were 1.6 million duck-related Facebook views (as measured by the Chrysler Museum Facebook page) in 10 days.

-- People were taking 2,500 pictures per hour. We did a count and a survey one lunch hour.

-- Museum website traffic quadrupled.

-- The museum broke attendance record after attendance record. After breaking a record with more than 4,000 visitors on the second day of the visit, by the last day of the duck's visit, we had more than 7,000 people inside the Museum.

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