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Skywhale keeps giving

By johnboy - 16 May 2013 22


How could we not direct your attention, dear reader, to an article titled “The Ten Most Wonderful Things Committed To Hansard as a Result of the Skywhale”.

It’s worth mentioning such tech luminaries as Jzw and Cory Doctorow have now blogged about skywhale.

The full list of Google News results is staggering.

All hail Skywhale.

[Photo by Gentoopenguin]

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22 Responses to
Skywhale keeps giving
Thumper 3:44 pm 17 May 13

I’m waiting for the retro board game.

johnboy 3:42 pm 17 May 13

And now she’s got a wikipedia page:

poetix 1:12 pm 17 May 13

Personally, I don’t care about whether Skywhale garners international recognition, except in as much as other people elsewhere get to see this beautiful creation.

Some people really need to get beyond the notion that something needs to be acknowledged elsewhere for it to be significant. That’s a rather outmoded idea.

It’s amazing and challenging people in Canberra. That’s enough.

PoQ 11:54 am 17 May 13

If you like, you could try First Dog on the Moon’s cartoon ( The telling comment is

“…$350,000 of taxpayer money spent on giant fictional sea creature that doesn’t actually do anything, hardly anyone wanted, and even less understood, and most of the population were completely enraged by…” with the punchline “…I reckon that makes it the most Canberra thing I have ever seen!”

Ben_Dover 11:40 am 17 May 13
HiddenDragon 11:23 am 17 May 13

Having now seen what the thing looks like from below, I wonder whether it’s a floating sequel to Robert Luketic’s memorable 1997 short?

dungfungus 11:14 am 17 May 13

Dick Tracy said :

Masquara said :

Why the hell isn’t it branded? At least the basket! The only centenary element that gets actual exposure worldwide has no visual mention of Canberra. Sigh.

Mr Lasek obviously didn’t think to put it in the contract, however I see we’re contracted to pay around a $150,000 for social media, education resources and travel. A comment following the CT article “Drawn to Archer vision, artist cut fee” yesterday, suggests the contract with the operator has an element of “mate ship” about it. Amid all the whale wash Skywhale is gaining an odour !

The ACT “mateship” flow chart is very interesting. It is heavily underwritten by ACT ratpayers.

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