Australia is home to species upon species of unusually terrifying animals. So it’s unsurprising that, during their leisure time, Australians wile away the hours inventing critters too horrid for reality.
What in the name of Paul Hogan are we talking about? Meet The SkyWhale. According to Australian artist Patricia Piccinni, this hot air balloon is a commentary on the wonders of evolution. And according to a lot of people, The SkyWhale looks like an 111-foot-wide, 75-foot-tall dugong fetus wearing a Rastafarian wig made of tits.
It’s understandable how The SkyWhale throws bystanders for a loop — after all, even the most cleavage-obsessed horndogs don’t want freaky disembodied mammary zeppelins to wear the face of that wrinkly giant tortoise from The Neverending Story.
But The Skywhale has riled Australians up on a whole other level. After this breast beast debuted this past May to celebrate the centenary of the Australian capital of Canberra, it came to light that The Skywhale cost taxpayers somewhere in the neighborhood of 300,000 American dollars.
Advocates of The Skywhale have argued that $300,000 is a bargain for a piece of public art, but, come on — the organizers had to have seen this controversy coming from a mile away. Were they familiar with Piccinni’s other sculptures?
[ED - Truly the best thing the Centenary has done, and for just $300,000. I am, however, gutted the skywhale hat didn't get a guernsey