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It’s maybe for Skywhale Monday

johnboy 12 May 2013 52

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The Centenary Team have let it be known that Skywhale might be slipping the surly bonds of earth tomorrow morning.

Or it might not depending on the weather which isn’t looking good.

Check the Centenary website from 5am for confirmation.

[Photo by Deref]


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Ben_Dover 12:40 pm 15 May 13

johnboy said :

They’re talking about a Saturday flight.

They’re spoiling us… 😉

pierce 12:27 pm 15 May 13

Not so sure about that Spiral – I saw some great concern porn on FB from someone objecting strenuously to the Skywhale being launched “near” Breast Cancer Day because it might offend victims of breast cancer.

Spiral 11:36 am 15 May 13

I thought they should have had it at Sunday’s run/walk against breast cancer. With 10 breasts it would almost seem like a mascot for that event, but alas no it skywhale decided not to hang out there.

EvanJames 10:53 am 15 May 13

They should be capitalising on it and making some nicker out of it. Hats, imagine Hindenboob hats. Balloons on sticks. Lampshades. Cushions. Things to hang on car aerials or dangle from rear vision mirrors. The possibilities are endless.

bundah 10:42 am 15 May 13

johnboy said :

They’re talking about a Saturday flight.

Light winds are forecast so perfect conditions to take flight.

Ben_Dover 10:14 am 15 May 13

Is that it then? The alleged artist and the UK manufacturing firm trouser $300,000, and the inflatable monstrosity pops up once, (but does not fly,) in Canberra.

We’re all supposed to feel culturally enriched by this?

God’s sake.

Mysteryman 8:32 am 14 May 13

MariaC said :

Barcham said :

curmudgery said :

Now that the novelty is beginning to wear off, let’s look at it again and think.

I believe Canberra and its Centenary celebration deserve better than this.

The thing itself is synthetic, eccentric, expensive and of limited usefulness. But more, our Centenary is not about whales and breasts – this is a private indulgence at public expense and an abuse of position and trust.

I hope my children see the day when elected representatives, the committees they create and the contractors they engage approach their public works, instead, with style, finesse and an adult sense of history.

It’s a thing of beauty. It’s a majestic and imaginative piece of work commissioned by one of the worlds best sculpture artists, and arguably the biggest artist to have come out of Canberra.

It is unique and memorable.

In terms of cost, how much do you think it should cost to hire a world class artist to work for several years to create a hot air balloon? $300,000 is quite reasonable in my opinion, and is barely a drop in the ocean of the ACT’s yearly spending.

For the first time in a great many years people are not discussing Canberra as “That place where politicians are” or “the round-about and road-works Capital” but “That place where they made a flying whale!”

I couldn’t be happier.

To quote David Mitchell, what is an ocean but a multitude of drops? The sky whale, the penis owl, the twin towers wreckage on the gde, the goldfish thingy on drakeford dr… It all adds up, and it’s disgusting. We have the worst hospital wait times in the country, but by all means let’s keep pissing away money on this crap. What’s truly insulting about the sky whale is that it’s supposed to celebrate canberra. It has 1) made us the laughing stock of the country (after being very seriously told that we’re not to be made fun of, thanks Robyn!) 2) yet again resulted in detractors being labeled philistines who just don’t get it (a celebration of canberra which looks down on more than half the population? Cheers, what a great place to live). The whole thing sums up everything I hate about canberra, which I’m sure wasn’t what they were going for.

And I LIKE living here.

Very well said. I agree completely.

Ben_Dover 7:30 am 14 May 13

I think it would be a good idea for the Raiders / Brumbies / Capitals to adopt it as a new mascot, and have someone run on the pitch in a Tittycarp costume as part of the warm up entertainment!

Why not? It’s the art symbol of Canberra, and recognised world wide. Well worth considering!!

MariaC 12:57 am 14 May 13

Barcham said :

curmudgery said :

Now that the novelty is beginning to wear off, let’s look at it again and think.

I believe Canberra and its Centenary celebration deserve better than this.

The thing itself is synthetic, eccentric, expensive and of limited usefulness. But more, our Centenary is not about whales and breasts – this is a private indulgence at public expense and an abuse of position and trust.

I hope my children see the day when elected representatives, the committees they create and the contractors they engage approach their public works, instead, with style, finesse and an adult sense of history.

It’s a thing of beauty. It’s a majestic and imaginative piece of work commissioned by one of the worlds best sculpture artists, and arguably the biggest artist to have come out of Canberra.

It is unique and memorable.

In terms of cost, how much do you think it should cost to hire a world class artist to work for several years to create a hot air balloon? $300,000 is quite reasonable in my opinion, and is barely a drop in the ocean of the ACT’s yearly spending.

For the first time in a great many years people are not discussing Canberra as “That place where politicians are” or “the round-about and road-works Capital” but “That place where they made a flying whale!”

I couldn’t be happier.

To quote David Mitchell, what is an ocean but a multitude of drops? The sky whale, the penis owl, the twin towers wreckage on the gde, the goldfish thingy on drakeford dr… It all adds up, and it’s disgusting. We have the worst hospital wait times in the country, but by all means let’s keep pissing away money on this crap. What’s truly insulting about the sky whale is that it’s supposed to celebrate canberra. It has 1) made us the laughing stock of the country (after being very seriously told that we’re not to be made fun of, thanks Robyn!) 2) yet again resulted in detractors being labeled philistines who just don’t get it (a celebration of canberra which looks down on more than half the population? Cheers, what a great place to live). The whole thing sums up everything I hate about canberra, which I’m sure wasn’t what they were going for.

And I LIKE living here.

poetix 10:35 pm 13 May 13

dpm said :


And Poetix, I thought calling someone sweetie would be a no-no!!? 🙂

I meant it nicely. In just a few more years I’ll be legitimately able to call someone Bantam’s age ‘dearie’ or ‘young man’, and start crapping on about ‘the good old days’ and ‘the days before these computer thingies when we made our own entertainment like that lovely Lord Byron with his couplets’. (-:

EvanJames 10:25 pm 13 May 13

It’s a bit of a shame that we don’t get a bit more mileage from The Hindenboob. 300k is a lot for a few flyovers and then it vanishes. I quite like the idea of it making sudden appearances to unprepared visitors, and citizens at solemn occasions. Kind-of like a weird, embarassing mascot. But for it to come, appear a few times and disappear forever is pretty pointless.

dpm 9:35 pm 13 May 13

poetix said :

Barcham said :

A minute fraction of that on a piece of art that will travel Australia and is getting international attention and everyone explodes with rage.

I don’t get it.

Not everyone, sweetie! A lot of people love it as much as you, and have expressed that point of view.

Barcham, I’m guessing it’s because the artist will get any attention (good or bad) outside of Canberra, not Canberra itself?
And Poetix, I thought calling someone sweetie would be a no-no!!? 🙂

poetix 5:02 pm 13 May 13

Barcham said :

A minute fraction of that on a piece of art that will travel Australia and is getting international attention and everyone explodes with rage.

I don’t get it.

Not everyone, sweetie! A lot of people love it as much as you, and have expressed that point of view.

Solidarity 4:31 pm 13 May 13

Skywhale is the representative of the post-modern obsession the current crop of Australians have. They panic at the thought of Australiana (which is kitchy shit for the most part) and end up producing something so alien that it requires a thesis to understand.

Canberra is a fundamentally modernist city. I understand the desire to have art which challenges the norm but to be representative of Canberra… it sits the sky and screams for attention about how cultured and how interesting Canberra is.

It’s representative of the absolute worst in current Australian art.

dungfungus 4:24 pm 13 May 13

Barcham said :

Ben_Dover said :

Barcham said :

Just recently, a coalition of delegates spent $45 million of Federal grant money on a bid to host the 2022 World Cup.”

To compare the Tittycarp to the world cup is like comparing Canberra’s music scene with that of London, nay, the that of the whole of the UK and Europe.

In terms of consumer interest, world publicity impact, and the potential for revenue generation for the country, the World Cup is, bar the olympics, the biggest event in the world. The Tittycarp is a silly foible.

Of course the world cup is a much bigger ‘deal’ than the SkyWhale… that’s not the point.

The point is that the $45 million was spent on a BID. It was gambled away on the possibility of having sports played here, and nobody blinks.

$45 million dollars of taxpayers money and we have nothing to show for it.

A minute fraction of that on a piece of art that will travel Australia and is getting international attention and everyone explodes with rage.

I don’t get it.

It would have cost us more than $45 million if we had “won” the bid. Can you remember how much business the 2000 Olympics in Sydney brought into Canberra? No, neither can I and NSW is still paying for them.

gazket 3:52 pm 13 May 13

so all we get is a few hundred meters of flight for our money.
So what happens now. Sky Whale travels on to Shelbyville makes money and gets recognition for them ?

Ben_Dover 3:40 pm 13 May 13

Barcham said :

Ben_Dover said :

Barcham said :

Just recently, a coalition of delegates spent $45 million of Federal grant money on a bid to host the 2022 World Cup.”

The point is that the $45 million was spent on a BID. It was gambled away on the possibility of having sports played here, and nobody blinks.

$45 million dollars of taxpayers money and we have nothing to show for it.

A minute fraction of that on a piece of art that will travel Australia and is getting international attention and everyone explodes with rage.

I don’t get it.

Simple mate, the world cup was wanted. We were told we were bidding for it.
The Tittycarp is not wanted (by a majority.) Nor were we told we were paying for it.

Barcham 3:15 pm 13 May 13

Ben_Dover said :

Barcham said :

Just recently, a coalition of delegates spent $45 million of Federal grant money on a bid to host the 2022 World Cup.”

To compare the Tittycarp to the world cup is like comparing Canberra’s music scene with that of London, nay, the that of the whole of the UK and Europe.

In terms of consumer interest, world publicity impact, and the potential for revenue generation for the country, the World Cup is, bar the olympics, the biggest event in the world. The Tittycarp is a silly foible.

Of course the world cup is a much bigger ‘deal’ than the SkyWhale… that’s not the point.

The point is that the $45 million was spent on a BID. It was gambled away on the possibility of having sports played here, and nobody blinks.

$45 million dollars of taxpayers money and we have nothing to show for it.

A minute fraction of that on a piece of art that will travel Australia and is getting international attention and everyone explodes with rage.

I don’t get it.

Ben_Dover 3:04 pm 13 May 13

Barcham said :

Just recently, a coalition of delegates spent $45 million of Federal grant money on a bid to host the 2022 World Cup.”

To compare the Tittycarp to the world cup is like comparing Canberra’s music scene with that of London, nay, the that of the whole of the UK and Europe.

In terms of consumer interest, world publicity impact, and the potential for revenue generation for the country, the World Cup is, bar the olympics, the biggest event in the world. The Tittycarp is a silly foible.

    johnboy 3:11 pm 13 May 13

    Yes but for $300,000 we have a skywhale.

    Whereas for $22 million we have enriched some dodgy consultatants and nothing more.

    Spectator sport is just an early version of reality tv, State funding is just there to buy votes.

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