Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games
Created by 2006 Commonwealth Games
Ceremonies Design Team
Image courtesy of Museum Victoria
Photographer John Augier
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Duck puppet used in Opening Ceremony of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. Known as 'the Duck', this puppet was one of the stars of the Ceremony, held at the MCG on 15 March 2006. It was the toy pulled by the prinicpal star of the Ceremony, 'the Boy' in the first artistic segment of the Ceremony, 'The Boy on the Bay'. The duck has a mechanism which makes its wings pop out when a wire is pulled. The duck was moved down a stage constructed in the MCG by means of a white cord attached to its underside. It stopped on top of a concealed trapdoor and a transformation took place in which 'Stellar the fantasy duck' replaced it on the stage. The crew working on the ceremony named the Duck 'Rufus'. The design was inspired by cartoonist Michael Leunig's drawings of ducks. Developed in mid-2005, the style and shape of the duck evolved significantly over the months leading up to the ceremony. It was made from a particle board frame covered with styrofoam and fibreglass.