Canberra’s kindest and most good looking citizen, the mighty Skywhale, is readying herself for her spring series of events.
Despite criticism from a series of culturally bankrupt and joyless haters, the Skywhale continues her noble mission to promote Canberra to, and protect Canberra from, the rest of the world.
Shine on you beautiful flying mammal.
The Executive Director of the Centenary of Canberra, Jeremy Lasek, said that eight tethers or flights had been confirmed for The Skywhale following its first springtime appearance – a daytime tether at the University of Canberra’s Open Day on Saturday 31 August.
“The Skywhale will fly over the national capital on Saturday 7 September, weather permitting,” Mr Lasek said.
“There is continued strong interest in this unique artwork, demonstrated by extensive media coverage here and overseas and the high bids for a flight for two in the Centenary’s recent online charity auction.
“The auction closed on Thursday, with the flight for two selling for $1,565.”
Mr Lasek said that the 7 September flight will be the first over Canberra since May. As for all The Skywhale’s flights and tethers, people should monitor the Centenary’s Facebook page and Twitter feed for updates on locations and flight times.
The following Saturday (September 14) The Skywhale will have a tether at the Gunning Fireworks Festival from 4pm – coming down by 6.30pm when the fireworks begin.
On Saturday 21 September The Skywhale will be tethered near the Ainslie Arts Centre for the 2013 Bloom Festival , which celebrates the arrival of spring with a carnival of inner-city arts activities.
The following Friday (27 September) The Skywhale will have a night tether (called a nightglow) as part of Floriade’s Nightfest. This appearance is near the Regatta Point entrance to Nightfest but outside the ticketed area, making the event accessible to all.
In the event of bad weather the nightglow will be moved to the following evening.
There will be another appearance of The Skywhale at Floriade on Saturday 12 October, a day tether near Stage 88 (or Sunday 13 October in case of bad weather).
At Skywhale tethers, and weather permitting, it will be possible for members of the public to have tethered flights in the balloon in return for a donation to the Centenary charity Dollars for Dili.
Mr Lasek said that in addition to these appearances there will be another two Canberra flights in the week starting 23 September, or failing that in the week starting 7 October.
“After that The Skywhale will appear at the Eden Whale Watching Festival on 2 November and at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art In Melbourne in the week starting 25 November,” he said.