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The rise of the Skywhale

By 11 May 2013 27

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We’ve had some photos in from this morning’s flight of the Skywhale over Canberra.

Hannah sent in the above with this:

The Skywhale launch this morning was really great. People were whooping and clapping as it took off, and Robyn Archer got us to “hip hip horray” it.

And Deref sent in a bunch:

crowd

Here’s the full slideshow:

Got some you’d like to add? Send them in to images@the-riotact.com .


UPDATE: We’ve had further photos in from Gentoopenguin and In The Taratory. Tara also sent vid:

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27 Responses to The rise of the Skywhale
#1
gentoopenguin6:05 pm, 11 May 13

It was breathtaking in its ugliness and sheer artistic indulgence….I kind of liked it in real life.

#2
aydee6:33 pm, 11 May 13

The artist of this talks about “What if mammals learnt to fly”.

BATS!

This balloon is still as ugly as dog balls. Real life. Pictures. What a waste of money

#3
ErkzO6:33 pm, 11 May 13

Maybe its breast if this balloon is not exposed to minors….

#4
bundah6:34 pm, 11 May 13

The underbelly of the beast certainly got my attention so they may as well milk it for all its worth.

#5
MERC6009:13 am, 12 May 13

Great photography by using the window reflection.

#6
blind10:36 pm, 12 May 13

AAAAAAAHHHHHHH

So happy. So so happy. Skywhale we love you!

#7
spinact9:00 am, 13 May 13

The view from below is breathtaking……….

#8
johnboy2:13 pm, 15 May 13

Even Cory Doctorow is talking about skywhale:

http://boingboing.net/2013/05/14/canberra-skywhale-fanciful-b.html

#9
johnboy2:21 pm, 16 May 13
#10
Watson2:42 pm, 16 May 13

I cannot believe how hard it is to find out anything about when it will be on display again. The rumour was that it would take off again this weekend, but I cannot find anything about this anywhere. It does peeve me that the arty-farty powers that be don’t seem to care about giving us mere mortals a chance to enjoy this artwork in real life before it leaves us forever. If it remains just a picture in the paper, it might as well have been commissioned by Hobart for all I care.

#11
johnboy2:51 pm, 16 May 13

She’s going up this Saturday and the ABC is running a comp for a place onboard:

http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2013/05/16/3760577.htm?site=canberra

#12
Thumper3:32 pm, 16 May 13

I missed her little hop across the lake so I shall be there on Saturday with bells, or boobs, or whatever…

Oh thou art ugly
oh skywhale
though you doth float like booby thing
in the air

#13
poetix3:33 pm, 16 May 13

johnboy said :

She’s going up this Saturday and the ABC is running a comp for a place onboard:

http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2013/05/16/3760577.htm?site=canberra

oh wouldn’t that be just lovely…

#14
Watson3:55 pm, 16 May 13

johnboy said :

She’s going up this Saturday and the ABC is running a comp for a place onboard:

http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2013/05/16/3760577.htm?site=canberra

Thanks! 7am on a Saturday. It seems unlikely we’ll get organised early enough, but I’ll try my very best.

#15
Ben_Dover4:38 pm, 16 May 13

johnboy said :

She’s going up this Saturday and the ABC is running a comp for a place onboard:

http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2013/05/16/3760577.htm?site=canberra

Second prize is two places onboard.

#16
dpm6:17 pm, 16 May 13

poetix said :

johnboy said :

She’s going up this Saturday and the ABC is running a comp for a place onboard:

http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2013/05/16/3760577.htm?site=canberra

oh wouldn’t that be just lovely…

Haha! You’re such a master of sarcasm! Love it! :-)

#17
poetix8:25 pm, 16 May 13

dpm said :

poetix said :

johnboy said :

She’s going up this Saturday and the ABC is running a comp for a place onboard:

http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2013/05/16/3760577.htm?site=canberra

oh wouldn’t that be just lovely…

Haha! You’re such a master of sarcasm! Love it! :-)

No, I mean it. No sarcasm at all. I can’t think of many things much nicer than being in a basket below breast-wings.

Unless you’re being sarcastic about how childlike I was being…Don’t play with my feeble mind! I like things nice and simple.

#18
Masquara10:36 pm, 16 May 13

Watson said :

I cannot believe how hard it is to find out anything about when it will be on display again. .

You’re surprised that the arts elite is keeping it all to themselves?

#19
GardeningGirl10:53 pm, 17 May 13

Watson said :

I cannot believe how hard it is to find out anything about when it will be on display again. The rumour was that it would take off again this weekend, but I cannot find anything about this anywhere. It does peeve me that the arty-farty powers that be don’t seem to care about giving us mere mortals a chance to enjoy this artwork in real life before it leaves us forever. If it remains just a picture in the paper, it might as well have been commissioned by Hobart for all I care.

Yes, I feel like information has been rather last minute and confusing. (Everything about the balloon has been, I don’t understand why it wasn’t unveiled on Canberra Day or included as part of the balloon festival, instead of being a belated and disorganised surprise now?)
I checked the latest on the Canberra100 website. What happens if Saturday’s flight can’t be launched from the Parliamentary Triangle, will it be a big secret like for the balloon festival, will the landing site be publicised instead? (I was suss about that, the balloon festival was claiming crowd safety issues or something but I think they just wanted to ensure people turned up at the tents on the lawns to buy stuff and be officially counted, that’s why they didn’t want them going somewhere else like had happened in previous years.) What happens if they decide to go ahead with the “possible short flight” on Sunday, what time will it fly, 9am or earlier, when will they decide, when will they bother putting it on the website? I get that it’s weather/wind direction dependent but it would be nice to feel that somewhere in this yawn of a centenary the organisers care about letting the rest of us enjoy it.

From the Canberra100 website :

SATURDAY:

WHAT: Flight over Canberra by The Skywhale

DATE: Saturday, 18 May 2013

TIME: 7am-9am

WHERE: TBC

SUNDAY:

WHAT: The Skywhale tethered and possible short flight from the lawns of Questacon

DATE: Sunday, 19 May 2013

TIME: 7am-9am

WHERE: The lawns of Questacon, with free parking available in the Parliamentary Triangle

*** NB Location and flight dependent on weather ***

#20
Ben_Dover10:04 am, 18 May 13

Did it fly? I saw several baloons in the air on my way into work, but no skypigtittycarp.

#21
Jethro10:15 am, 18 May 13

Masquara said :

Watson said :

I cannot believe how hard it is to find out anything about when it will be on display again. .

You’re surprised that the arts elite is keeping it all to themselves?

Perhaps the ‘arts elites’ subscribe to the theory that most adults can use a computer.

Try the Centenary of Canberra website or Facebook page. Both have plenty of information, with the FB page being updated almost on an hourly basis.

#22
GardeningGirl11:22 am, 18 May 13

Jethro said :

Masquara said :

Watson said :

I cannot believe how hard it is to find out anything about when it will be on display again. .

You’re surprised that the arts elite is keeping it all to themselves?

Perhaps the ‘arts elites’ subscribe to the theory that most adults can use a computer.

Try the Centenary of Canberra website or Facebook page. Both have plenty of information, with the FB page being updated almost on an hourly basis.

Not everyone is heading to the site from the inner south clutching their latest model phone for updates.
Is it possible they could just have one 9-12 tethered flight sometime (as originally publicised for last Saturday) so people have a whole morning’s opportunity to go take a look at it in person it like they keep telling us they want us to do?

#23
switch11:32 am, 18 May 13

Ben_Dover said :

Did it fly? I saw several baloons in the air on my way into work, but no skypigtittycarp.

Yeah, saw it over my place this morning. My life has be subtly changed in so many ways since.

#24
Jethro12:52 pm, 18 May 13

GardeningGirl said :

Jethro said :

Masquara said :

Watson said :

I cannot believe how hard it is to find out anything about when it will be on display again. .

You’re surprised that the arts elite is keeping it all to themselves?

Perhaps the ‘arts elites’ subscribe to the theory that most adults can use a computer.

Try the Centenary of Canberra website or Facebook page. Both have plenty of information, with the FB page being updated almost on an hourly basis.

Not everyone is heading to the site from the inner south clutching their latest model phone for updates.
Is it possible they could just have one 9-12 tethered flight sometime (as originally publicised for last Saturday) so people have a whole morning’s opportunity to go take a look at it in person it like they keep telling us they want us to do?

Well I live in the outer west and was able to go see it this morning after keeping an eye on their Facebook page.

It will be tethered tomorrow until 9am outside Questacon. If you are interested in seeing it there is nothing stopping you.

#25
GardeningGirl2:48 pm, 18 May 13

Jethro said :

GardeningGirl said :

Jethro said :

Masquara said :

Watson said :

I cannot believe how hard it is to find out anything about when it will be on display again. .

You’re surprised that the arts elite is keeping it all to themselves?

Perhaps the ‘arts elites’ subscribe to the theory that most adults can use a computer.

Try the Centenary of Canberra website or Facebook page. Both have plenty of information, with the FB page being updated almost on an hourly basis.

Not everyone is heading to the site from the inner south clutching their latest model phone for updates.
Is it possible they could just have one 9-12 tethered flight sometime (as originally publicised for last Saturday) so people have a whole morning’s opportunity to go take a look at it in person it like they keep telling us they want us to do?

Well I live in the outer west and was able to go see it this morning after keeping an eye on their Facebook page.

It will be tethered tomorrow until 9am outside Questacon. If you are interested in seeing it there is nothing stopping you.

Except for the website saying “The Skywhale tethered and possible short flight from the lawns of Questacon”. When might they decide and update the online info? It didn’t end up tethered when it was supposed to be on display at the gallery until midday last weekend so I’d guess they won’t hurry to bring it back to tie it up again until only 9am. Or will they just fly it to some suitable location near Questacon and tie it up where it lands? Or will it be tethered 7-9am and then do the short flight after 9am? I know I’m not the only one whose monitored the website and turned up somewhere and wandered around looking for somebody official looking who might know something. I UNDERSTAND its weather dependent yadda yadda but its like that excuse excuses them from even trying because WHATEVER happens they can just point at the weather.

#26
NickD3:43 pm, 18 May 13

GardeningGirl said :

Except for the website saying “The Skywhale tethered and possible short flight from the lawns of Questacon”. When might they decide and update the online info? It didn’t end up tethered when it was supposed to be on display at the gallery until midday last weekend so I’d guess they won’t hurry to bring it back to tie it up again until only 9am. Or will they just fly it to some suitable location near Questacon and tie it up where it lands? Or will it be tethered 7-9am and then do the short flight after 9am? I know I’m not the only one whose monitored the website and turned up somewhere and wandered around looking for somebody official looking who might know something. I UNDERSTAND its weather dependent yadda yadda but its like that excuse excuses them from even trying because WHATEVER happens they can just point at the weather.

I went Skywhale hunting this morning, and found that the Canberra 100 website and Twitter feed were really helpful – they were updated very regularly and gave precise details. There was no way that they could safely fly from the original site outside Questacon given the fog over the area, and the shift to Holder was well advertised. Hundreds of other people also successfully followed Skywhale around.

#27
GardeningGirl8:22 pm, 18 May 13

NickD said :

GardeningGirl said :

Except for the website saying “The Skywhale tethered and possible short flight from the lawns of Questacon”. When might they decide and update the online info? It didn’t end up tethered when it was supposed to be on display at the gallery until midday last weekend so I’d guess they won’t hurry to bring it back to tie it up again until only 9am. Or will they just fly it to some suitable location near Questacon and tie it up where it lands? Or will it be tethered 7-9am and then do the short flight after 9am? I know I’m not the only one whose monitored the website and turned up somewhere and wandered around looking for somebody official looking who might know something. I UNDERSTAND its weather dependent yadda yadda but its like that excuse excuses them from even trying because WHATEVER happens they can just point at the weather.

I went Skywhale hunting this morning, and found that the Canberra 100 website and Twitter feed were really helpful – they were updated very regularly and gave precise details. There was no way that they could safely fly from the original site outside Questacon given the fog over the area, and the shift to Holder was well advertised. Hundreds of other people also successfully followed Skywhale around.

Wind direction as well, which is what I expected after checking BOM, but they apparently took the decision as late as possible. That works for people who can check the website after they’ve left home or live close enough that they can sit by their computer until the last minute. One thing they could do is include the earliest possible time in their updates. The only information we had when we would have to leave to be in the area by 7am was “if the flight does not go ahead Skywhale will be tethered near Questacon this morning. Time TBC.” Adding something like “launch will now not occur before 8am, next update in approx 15 min” would be soo useful for the rest of us. :-(

So is tomorrows display reasonably for sure, given last Saturday’s advertised 9-12 display didn’t quite happen? The website says tethered 7-9 in the update at the top but still says possible short flight at the bottom.

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