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France gets mechanical animals – Canberra gets tit balloon

By what_the 20 May 2013 53

I know art is subjective, but when I think of creativity I think of something like this – in France’s mechanical animal theme park.

The main piece – the elephant, cost $3.5mil to create funded through EU arts funding, however the public can actually ride this at the cost of 7euro a pop. 

It attracted 285 000 people in its first year – that’s 10 tittycarps! 

It’s art that generates revenue and was designed to attract residents, not piss them off! 

What is it with the Canberra Government commissioning expensive artworks which the draws such ire from the public, rightfully so in my opinion (the worst example i think being the stack of coloured logs on the GDE). 

There’s a difference between art the challenges people and art that sticks tits on the side of a balloon. 

I’m still yet to see how anyone thinks Skywhale represents either Canberra or its centenary.  It’s a balloon that no one in Canberra can actually use, paid for by Canberrans.  It seems to be taking the piss, not challenging one’s perception.

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gazket 7:29 pm 22 May 13

The Darth Vader balloon got more interest than the Skywhale . $300k for Darth Vader balloon was money well spent.

I say we recycle Skywhale into bubble hash bags and get our money back.

T_S 6:11 pm 22 May 13

I don’t have kids, but I do challenge the implicit premise that we should be able to explain everything to them. Particularly regarding something as absurd as a skywhale.

I mean, plenty of questions have correct answers that we can impart to inquisitive kids, but I’m pretty sure “why does the balloon look like that” is not one of them.

In fact I suspect kids might tend to understand that realm of wonder, imagination and the ineffable better than a lot of adults – at least those who are so vehement in their condemnation of the Skywhale.

Ben_Dover 5:28 pm 22 May 13

T_S said :

Anyway, I suspect Ben_Dover is just stirring, but if he wants some examples of comments that curiously conflate breasts with sex, here are a couple (both from the Canberra Times, where the anti-Skywhale is perhaps even stronger):

“If Canberra is trying to get away from the stereotypical “3 P’s” : Politicians, public servants and porn … then this balloon is not helping. A lot of comments on line have said that the sexualization of this balloon, with its 10 breasts, is kind of weird and creepy. People are asking “Why?!” and “What does 10 teets have to do with being a Canberran or celebrating the centenary?!””

And my personal favourite:

“And also ­- kids love balloons -­ how do parents expalin to kids what the “wings” are”

Thanks for that, and no I was not “stirring”. I was merely asking JJ to substantiate his claim that comment; raving on about porn and sex and whatnot have been made here, as I have seen none. (And still believe that none exist here.)

Also, I had not denied that such comments may have been made elsewhere.

Maybe he confused the Canberra Times comments with the ones here, who knows?

Though I must admit I still do not see your two comments as justifying his claim that people have been; raving on about porn and sex and whatnot, they seem rather mild to be considered “raving.”

The latter one is especially reasonable. How do you explain to young kids that what appears to be a carp/turtle, is in fact a whale, and for some reason this “whale” has developed 10 enormously disproportionate breasts? ”Hey kids, it’s art, so that’s why it doesn’t look like a whale, or much like anything else, and the enormous breasts are what makes it art!”

T_S 4:48 pm 22 May 13

Long time Skywhale thread reader; first-time commenter.

For the record I love the Skywhale. Love her as a work of art, and for what she has catalysed. One day I should try to put my thoughts more extensively into words; for now I think Poetix’s most recent input here is on the same wavelength. Meanwhile I have been saving every Skywhale comment thread I see to a folder on my desktop. Not quite sure why: maybe I’ll make something like a collage out of the best ones; maybe I’ll just be able to better understand why something I dig so much can incite so many.

Anyway, I suspect Ben_Dover is just stirring, but if he wants some examples of comments that curiously conflate breasts with sex, here are a couple (both from the Canberra Times, where the anti-Skywhale is perhaps even stronger):

“If Canberra is trying to get away from the stereotypical “3 P’s” : Politicians, public servants and porn … then this balloon is not helping. A lot of comments on line have said that the sexualization of this balloon, with its 10 breasts, is kind of weird and creepy. People are asking “Why?!” and “What does 10 teets have to do with being a Canberran or celebrating the centenary?!””

And my personal favourite:

“And also ­- kids love balloons -­ how do parents expalin to kids what the “wings” are”

Ben_Dover 4:10 pm 22 May 13

Sorry, I mucked up my brackets, I’ll do taht again…

Lol. Offended. Yeah, right.
Somebody s*** in your cereal did they?
There are plenty of people on riotact who have responded to the skywhale’s boobs by raving on about porn and sex and whatnot … seriously, you’d have to be blind not to notice it.

I never eat cereal, I always have toast. Mine tasted fine this morning.

I’ve just re-read all the threads on the skywale, and not one of them has any; ” raving on about porn and sex and whatnot,” not in any way shape or form.

Are you sure you read these things on this forum? You seem awfully certain, yet strangely totally bereft of any evidence whatsoever.

Please provide a quote or link, just to reassure me you are not having hallucinations.

Ben_Dover 4:07 pm 22 May 13

Lol. Offended. Yeah, right.

Somebody s*** in your cereal did they?

There are plenty of people on riotact who have responded to the skywhale’s boobs by raving on about porn and sex and whatnot … seriously, you’d have to be blind not to notice it.

I never eat cereal, I always have toast. Mine tasted fine this morning.

I’ve just re-read all the threads on the skywale, and not one of them has any; ” raving on about porn and sex and whatnot,” not in any way shape or form.

Are you sure you read these things on this forum? You seem awfully certain, yet strangely totally bereft of any evidence whatsoever.

Please provide a quote or link, just to reassure me you are not having hallucinations.

Jim Jones 2:45 pm 22 May 13

Ben_Dover said :

Not in this thread, but it’s mentioned in plenty of others, and I hear it repeatedly on the radio and other media sties.

It must be my myopia or word blindness which has prevented me seeing it then. I’m sure a brief search will enable you to provide us with boundless quotes from where it has happened here. Please furnish us with them, so we can castigate the villains responsible.

Oh and as for your; I hear it repeatedly on the radio and other media sties, it must be your choice of media and radio sites, I’ve never heard it on any media I listen to. You should change to more sensible media and radio. Why on earth would you tune into such stations if they offend you? Strange way of spending your time!

Lol. Offended. Yeah, right.

Somebody s*** in your cereal did they?

There are plenty of people on riotact who have responded to the skywhale’s boobs by raving on about porn and sex and whatnot … seriously, you’d have to be blind not to notice it.

Ben_Dover 2:23 pm 22 May 13

Not in this thread, but it’s mentioned in plenty of others, and I hear it repeatedly on the radio and other media sties.

It must be my myopia or word blindness which has prevented me seeing it then. I’m sure a brief search will enable you to provide us with boundless quotes from where it has happened here. Please furnish us with them, so we can castigate the villains responsible.

Oh and as for your; I hear it repeatedly on the radio and other media sties, it must be your choice of media and radio sites, I’ve never heard it on any media I listen to. You should change to more sensible media and radio. Why on earth would you tune into such stations if they offend you? Strange way of spending your time!

Jim Jones 1:50 pm 22 May 13

Ben_Dover said :

Personally, I’m more than a little concerned about the amount of people who can’t see a boob without immediately screaming inanities about porn and sex.

It must be the company you keep, as no one’s been; “screaming inanities about porn and sex”, here.

Not in this thread, but it’s mentioned in plenty of others, and I hear it repeatedly on the radio and other media sties.

Zed 1:25 pm 22 May 13

Hey I cant wait till the Skywhale flies to Belconnen to meet the Owl. I ask Robyn and the Canberra Cenrtenary Organisers to make this a priority.

The thought of a giant set of fun bags descending to meet the Jon’s enlarged phallus- NOW IM EXCITED!

Im sure most people would think this to be trully representative of Canberra- or is it just me????

Ben_Dover 1:18 pm 22 May 13

Personally, I’m more than a little concerned about the amount of people who can’t see a boob without immediately screaming inanities about porn and sex.

It must be the company you keep, as no one’s been; “screaming inanities about porn and sex”, here.

Jim Jones 12:58 pm 22 May 13

poetix said :

Skywhale is beautiful; not in a stereotypical way, but in a suggestive, ambiguous way. I pity people who can’t see that beauty. It is interesting that some people continually use words like ‘tit’ while referring to it, as if to deny its gentle expansiveness by the use of short sharp and slightly dismissive words, almost as if to bring it down to earth and a cruder notion of reality. Some others (or sometimes the same people) propose more technologically-based projects as an escape from the dangerously problematic nature of the floating beast. We also have the recent suggestion of an inflatable turd, which must be interesting in psychoanalytic terms.

It is something that I will remember for the rest of my life as a slightly magical manifestation of the possibilities of form, and of the simple power of art to surprise and to provoke wonder. I like to think of Skywhale popping up all over Australia, as if it were a poem of a slightly difficult sort that gives different meanings with each reading.

And, to return to a less demanding game, the Canberra Times spelt Darth Vader as Darth Vadar in their ‘would-be RiotACT’ poll below the article people are linking to containing the reflections of the Governor of Christmas Island. The farce is strong with those ones…

Very nice!

Personally, I’m more than a little concerned about the amount of people who can’t see a boob without immediately screaming inanities about porn and sex.

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