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The rubber duck is now a cooked bird, complete with "crispy brown skin" and a yellow papier mache head.

Dutch artist Florentjin Hofman's globe-trotting Rubber Duck arrived in Hong Kong to much fanfare earlier this summer, immediately inspiring copy-cat productions in other Chinese cities like Wuhan, Tianjin, and Shenzhen.

Hofman's Rubber Duck in Hong Kong (AP Photo)

But in light of the recent heat wave in Shanghai, which saw 31 consecutive days with temperatures above 95°F and an unprecedented high of 105.4°, the city has taken the concept one step further: the Rubber Duck is now a cooked bird. With “crispy brown skin”, drumsticks, and a yellow papier mache head, a passenger ferry has been transformed into a roasted duck, a popular recipe in China.

Designer Han Baishi told AFP, “The design process took place during shanghai's scorching hot summer days, so we just thought: 'let's roast it'". The the boat will carry passengers around the Huangpu River for the next month, hosting cultural performances like poetry reading.

Clever, funny, or kind of grim?

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(h/t DesignBoom)

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