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Skywhale prepares for eight springtime shows

By Barcham - 20 August 2013 15

Skywhale

Canberra’s kindest and most good looking citizen, the mighty Skywhale, is readying herself for her spring series of events.

Despite criticism from a series of culturally bankrupt and joyless haters, the Skywhale continues her noble mission to promote Canberra to, and protect Canberra from, the rest of the world.

Shine on you beautiful flying mammal.

The Executive Director of the Centenary of Canberra, Jeremy Lasek, said that eight tethers or flights had been confirmed for The Skywhale following its first springtime appearance – a daytime tether at the University of Canberra’s Open Day on Saturday 31 August.

“The Skywhale will fly over the national capital on Saturday 7 September, weather permitting,” Mr Lasek said.

“There is continued strong interest in this unique artwork, demonstrated by extensive media coverage here and overseas and the high bids for a flight for two in the Centenary’s recent online charity auction.

“The auction closed on Thursday, with the flight for two selling for $1,565.”

Mr Lasek said that the 7 September flight will be the first over Canberra since May. As for all The Skywhale’s flights and tethers, people should monitor the Centenary’s Facebook page and Twitter feed for updates on locations and flight times.

The following Saturday (September 14) The Skywhale will have a tether at the Gunning Fireworks Festival from 4pm – coming down by 6.30pm when the fireworks begin.

On Saturday 21 September The Skywhale will be tethered near the Ainslie Arts Centre for the 2013 Bloom Festival , which celebrates the arrival of spring with a carnival of inner-city arts activities.

The following Friday (27 September) The Skywhale will have a night tether (called a nightglow) as part of Floriade’s Nightfest. This appearance is near the Regatta Point entrance to Nightfest but outside the ticketed area, making the event accessible to all.

In the event of bad weather the nightglow will be moved to the following evening.

There will be another appearance of The Skywhale at Floriade on Saturday 12 October, a day tether near Stage 88 (or Sunday 13 October in case of bad weather).

At Skywhale tethers, and weather permitting, it will be possible for members of the public to have tethered flights in the balloon in return for a donation to the Centenary charity Dollars for Dili.

Mr Lasek said that in addition to these appearances there will be another two Canberra flights in the week starting 23 September, or failing that in the week starting 7 October.

“After that The Skywhale will appear at the Eden Whale Watching Festival on 2 November and at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art In Melbourne in the week starting 25 November,” he said.

For more information on Centenary of Canberra events, visit www.canberra100.com.au

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15 Responses to
Skywhale prepares for eight springtime shows
switch 9:18 am 22 Aug 13

Stick a “Vote 1 Sex Party” logo on it.

Willoring 11:01 pm 21 Aug 13

I personally think it is seriously ugly – mammary overload – in a balloon!!
Does it represent Canberra?? Impossible! Not even as a metaphor for the progressive, advanced, intelligent society we are – or even, as evidenced by this, the opposite.
To me, a bit of a waste of money, but not one iota of the waste of our inefficient ACT public service. Just another cost as a ratepayer in the ACT that I have to bear, along with public art, special bike paths that close half the road, Australia’s leading solar farms, all of the good taxpayer funded stuff that makes me feel clean, green and at one with the world. Just wished my garbage collection didn’t cost me $2500 per year. Sigh.

neanderthalsis 3:00 pm 21 Aug 13

switch said :

magiccar9 said :

“Oh the humanity!”

Should that not read:

Oh the huge mammaries

Or

Oh the huge manatee (it does look rather more mantee like than whale like).

Dujno 1:05 pm 21 Aug 13

7i77ies in the sky! 🙂

switch 10:17 pm 20 Aug 13

magiccar9 said :

Hope there aren’t any flag poles in the area… I do not want to see the deposit of whatever comes out of it should it rip…

“Oh the humanity!”

magiccar9 8:27 pm 20 Aug 13

Hope there aren’t any flag poles in the area… I do not want to see the deposit of whatever comes out of it should it rip…

Freewheeling 8:12 pm 20 Aug 13

Great, can’t wait to see it again

Pork Hunt 6:10 pm 20 Aug 13

bundah said :

Pork Hunt said :

No good Bundah, both female and ONLY one them is hot… 🙂

Ah well maybe they could shower Canberra with milk instead..

Or just have a cold shower…

bundah 5:58 pm 20 Aug 13

Pork Hunt said :

No good Bundah, both female and ONLY one them is hot… 🙂

Ah well maybe they could shower Canberra with milk instead..

Pork Hunt 5:41 pm 20 Aug 13

bundah said :

I wonder whether she’s single because I think I’ve found her perfect match

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Rd8We5jHzI

No good Bundah, both female and ONLY one them is hot… 🙂

bundah 3:49 pm 20 Aug 13

I wonder whether she’s single because I think I’ve found her perfect match

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Rd8We5jHzI

poetix 3:34 pm 20 Aug 13

It’s sufficient that Canberra is responsible for the creation of a beautiful artwork. That’s a connection.

Deref 3:31 pm 20 Aug 13

No Canberra connection, but I still love it.

GardeningGirl 2:13 pm 20 Aug 13

Rawhide Kid Part3 said :

Still can’t see the Canberra connection…….

+1

Rawhide Kid Part3 12:16 pm 20 Aug 13

Still can’t see the Canberra connection…….

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