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Embarassing, cute, funny, ugly?


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#1 Domestic Goddess

Posted 13 January 2013 - 06:24 PM

http://www.news.com.au/travel/australia/ru...9-1226547051154

I saw this video and thought it was rather funny and a bit cute. Unfortunately, a few people commenting on it found it ugly and embarrassing.
It was designed by a Dutch artist and as a Dutch(wo)man myself, I know that this is just part of Dutch humor and not a lot of Aussies understand Dutch humor. Have found out many times I the last decade sad.gif



WDYT? Ugly, funny, cute or embarrassing?

(Whether it is art or not, is not the question. What is art for one person, might not be for another and vice versa. It's very personal I think.)

Edited as it seemed the title was confusing....

Edited by Domestic Goddess, 13 January 2013 - 06:47 PM.


#2 Escapin

Posted 13 January 2013 - 06:28 PM

Cute of course original.gif I went and saw it last week, it's certainly big!

#3 nothing123

Posted 13 January 2013 - 06:29 PM

I don't see what is embarrasing about it.  I think it's cute.  It's not like it's a huge inflatable fanny or bumhole (who knows what your dutchies might come up with honestly... a duck seems pretty innocuous to me considering wink.gif)

#4 liveworkplay

Posted 13 January 2013 - 06:30 PM

I don't get how it can be embarrassing? I think it's rather cute and as modern art goes, a good concept.

#5 BadCat

Posted 13 January 2013 - 06:30 PM

Made me chuckle.

Art?  Sure, why not?  laughing2.gif

#6 Riotproof

Posted 13 January 2013 - 06:36 PM

I think it's cute and DS loves it.



#7 CupOfCoffee

Posted 13 January 2013 - 06:36 PM

laugh.gif I love it.  I would consider it art, it is interesting, elicits conversation and creates emotion.

My parents are Dutch, and I do agree, we are sometimes misunderstood.  (When my husband reads anything weird (usually weird technology stories), he usually laughs and says they must be Dutch... and usually they are. laugh.gif

But I love the rubber duck, and wish I was in Sydney to go and see it.

#8 Dionysus

Posted 13 January 2013 - 06:37 PM

QUOTE (Domestic Goddess @ 13/01/2013, 06:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
http://www.news.com.au/travel/australia/ru...9-1226547051154

I saw this video and thought it was rather funny and a bit cute. Unfortunately, a few people commenting on it found it ugly and embarrassing.
It was designed by a Dutch artist and as a Dutch(wo)man myself, I know that this is just part of Dutch humor and not a lot of Aussies understand Dutch humor. Have found out many times I the last decade sad.gif



WDYT? Ugly, funny, cute or embarrassing?

(Whether it is art or not, is not the question. What is art for one person, might not be for another and vice versa. It's very personal I think.)



I am not getting it

What exactly is the 'dutch humour' that would come up with this?  What is the joke?  the punchline?

It is cute, sure. I love rubby duckies, and it is, of course, reminiscent of our EB duck

But funny?

Don't know

I also don't understand why your thread title is Art or not art, yet in your post you say it's not a question of art?

Have I had too much wine?

#9 Mille-Mille

Posted 13 January 2013 - 06:39 PM

I think it's cute, probably not what i'd consider art.  But then again whats is art really?
When I was in Auckland about 2 yrs ago, there was a big rubber duck (looked the same as this one) in the harbour there.  So I guess this is not the first time she has done it? Or was that just a coincidence?


I agree with PP, it's cute but not particularly funny really.

Edited by Mille-Mille, 13 January 2013 - 06:41 PM.


#10 maeby

Posted 13 January 2013 - 06:42 PM

QUOTE (**Mel** @ 13/01/2013, 09:37 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I am not getting it

What exactly is the 'dutch humour' that would come up with this?  What is the joke?  the punchline?

It is cute, sure. I love rubby duckies, and it is, of course, reminiscent of our EB duck

But funny?

Don't know

I also don't understand why your thread title is Art or not art, yet in your post you say it's not a question of art?

Have I had too much wine?



I agree with this, but I am fairly sure I haven't had too much wine.  Or any, even.

#11 Drowningnotwaving

Posted 13 January 2013 - 06:42 PM

QUOTE (**Mel** @ 13/01/2013, 07:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Have I had too much wine?


You an never have too much wine.

I love it op, very cute.

Art? Well who am I to comment on such things but I love it.

#12 ani1

Posted 13 January 2013 - 06:43 PM

It's a duck  shrug.gif I don't see it as art . But it's nothing embarrassing . It's just a very very big duck.

#13 Domestic Goddess

Posted 13 January 2013 - 06:46 PM

QUOTE (**Mel** @ 13/01/2013, 07:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I also don't understand why your thread title is Art or not art, yet in your post you say it's not a question of art?


I was actually just commenting on some of the comments on the video. Just saying that what is art for some, is not for others and vice versa. But I will change the title if you wish original.gif

Dutch humor? It is simple and sometimes childish. Rubber Ducks are usually something that a small child plays with. Not something that should be floating between million dollar yaghts original.gif
We often literately think everything is funny. When I think something is funny and I'm laughing my head off, I have people looking at me like I'm from Mars. "How could anyone possibly think that is funny???? It's childish!"

The other way round too.... My father is Australian. When we lived in the Netherlands, he would tell me an Aussie joke and I was just staring at him blankly trying to figure out what was the funny bit.
I think this is also probably why my grandparents on both sides, did NOT get along either original.gif

Edited by Domestic Goddess, 13 January 2013 - 06:49 PM.


#14 Chaos in stereo

Posted 13 January 2013 - 06:46 PM

QUOTE (**Mel** @ 13/01/2013, 07:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I am not getting it

What exactly is the 'dutch humour' that would come up with this?  What is the joke?  the punchline?

It is cute, sure. I love rubby duckies, and it is, of course, reminiscent of our EB duck

But funny?

Don't know

I also don't understand why your thread title is Art or not art, yet in your post you say it's not a question of art?

Have I had too much wine?


Funny because it's ridiculous - likening Sydney Harbour to a giant bathtub. Because rubber ducks are cute, small, they belong in bathtubs with cute, small children. Not magnified and plonked in a world famous harbour alongside ferries and cruise ships.

I don't think it's embarrassing.

#15 Dionysus

Posted 13 January 2013 - 06:48 PM

QUOTE (Drowningnotwaving @ 13/01/2013, 07:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I love it op, very cute. You an never have too much wine.

Art? Well who am I to comment on such things but I love it.


Now that, even with typo, I can understand

wink.gif

Had friends over for lunch.  We had a lot of wine

#16 **Xena**

Posted 13 January 2013 - 06:59 PM

I think it's awesome biggrin.gif

#17 Peppery

Posted 13 January 2013 - 07:00 PM

Very cute. I can't see how it could be viewed as being embarrassing, then again I am no art critic

Edited by Peppery, 13 January 2013 - 07:03 PM.


#18 Drowningnotwaving

Posted 13 January 2013 - 07:03 PM

QUOTE (ani1 @ 13/01/2013, 07:43 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It's just a very very big duck.


See even the way you say that makes me giggle.

#19 .Jerry.

Posted 13 January 2013 - 07:03 PM

Walked past it today. shrug.gif  kind of cute. Kind of meh.

#20 Lady Grey-Mare

Posted 13 January 2013 - 07:10 PM

I love it just for what it is - a big duck, and also for the way it provokes a response from everyone who sees it. Whether those responses are positive or negative is immaterial - what counts is that it has made people think about their own idea of what is, or isn't, art.

#21 wish*upon*a*star

Posted 13 January 2013 - 07:14 PM

I think it is adorable and made me smile when I saw it on the news- all good in my books

#22 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 13 January 2013 - 07:15 PM

It's cute, I don't get it though, but I don't understand most "art".

#23 ~TCBF~

Posted 13 January 2013 - 07:15 PM

I was there when it arrived in Darling Harbour. After three cocktails I thought it was fabulous.

#24 Freddie'sMum

Posted 13 January 2013 - 07:28 PM

Love it.

Cute to the extreme - unfortunately because I am a simpleton I don't "get" art so I am sure someone more clever than me can explain it - but hey, it's a big yellow ducky - honestly - cute, cute, cute.





#25 Dionysus

Posted 13 January 2013 - 07:30 PM

QUOTE (Domestic Goddess @ 13/01/2013, 06:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
...

Edited as it seemed the title was confusing....



hey, it confused me, but I am half-cut.  You didn't need to change the title  LOL

The pic actually brought a smile to my face, so I can appreciate its appeal.

I was just overthinking it  original.gif




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