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THE SKYWHALE UNVEIL

By Canberra100 - 10 May 2013 42

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With perfect weather conditions predicted, Centenary of Canberra commission The Skywhale will make her first Canberra flight tomorrow morning, lifting off from outside the National Gallery of Australia.

The Skywhale is a 34m long, 23m high hot-air balloon sculpture designed by renowned artist and former Canberran Patricia Piccinini. It is at least twice as big as a standard hot-air balloon, weighs half a tonne and used more than 3.5km of fabric. It took 16 people seven months to design and make.

Since her reveal yesterday The Skywhale has sparked national and international interest, and has taken social media by storm.

Robyn Archer said that she wanted to offer the highly visible canvas of a balloon to an Australian artist as a Centenary of Canberra commission.

Patricia Piccinini is one of Australia’s best-known contemporary artists and works in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, video, sound and digital prints. She says that she grew up as a ‘real migrant kid’ in Canberra without privilege, and yet was exposed to a level of information and learning which has fuelled her spirit and her work.

WHAT: The Skywhale unveil

DATE: Saturday, 11 May 2013

TIME: 8.30am – The Skywhale tethered, 9.20am – The Skywhale will make her first Canberra flight (weather permitting)

WHERE: National Gallery of Australia. Off Parkes Place East, adjacent to the main entry.

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THE SKYWHALE UNVEIL
dungfungus 10:00 am 11 May 13

FXST01 said :

Patricia Piccinini is one of Australia’s best-known contemporary artists.
Never heard of her.
She says that she grew up as a ‘real migrant kid’ in Canberra without privilege
and obviously with no talent.

I’ve never heard of her either.
This is possibly her way of extracting revenge on Canberra for being underprivileged (unknown?) in her younger days here. It is not unusual for movie directors to make “revenge movies” about the worst aspects of the country of their birth where they were not recognised for their early artistic efforts.
Their motive is to move somewhere else and then make the first country look so bad that prospective tourists to that country are turned off forever.
In the same vein I can’t see any tourists wanting to visit Canberra to see the Skywhale (or much else that our centenary artistic director has dished up).
Can it get worse from now on?

Ben_Dover 9:43 am 11 May 13

It’s made the Beeb…

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-22478812

She says that she grew up as a ‘real migrant kid’ in Canberra without privilege,

a) As opposed to what? An unreal migrant kid”? A surreal migrant kid? A semi-real migrant kid? A part time migrant kid?

b) My heart bleeds for her, it really does. Poor thing, no privileges?!?!?

Swaggie 9:34 am 11 May 13

Out of Town friends have just ridiculed this and mentioned how it had reinforced every single negative perception of Canberra that the Media generally present. In a week that saw Fashfest showcase just what the private sector in Canberra is capable of – presenting a vibrant modern feel to the rest of the country we have to get a hideous ballon paid for by public funds designed by someone who isnt a Canberra resident with an introductory Video made by a Melbourne company. WTF?

Wilco 8:27 am 11 May 13

It looks like the ALP’s current version of Australia – sad, defenceless and multiple mammaries for the parasites to feed on.

Innovation 8:14 am 11 May 13

At least we have only one local tier of Government to dream up this crap. Imagine how much more rubbish would be imposed on us if we had councils as well.

What we need now is a poll or demonstration or anything to stop this embarrassing eyesore from ever being seen in public or at least being associated with Canberra.

FXST01 8:11 am 11 May 13

Patricia Piccinini is one of Australia’s best-known contemporary artists.
Never heard of her.
She says that she grew up as a ‘real migrant kid’ in Canberra without privilege
and obviously with no talent.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 7:50 am 11 May 13

I for one thinks its awesome!

LSWCHP 8:34 pm 10 May 13

This is a f*&*king joke on the people of Canberra. It’s an insult. It’s absurd, and unaesthetic and monstrous. What in the name of Zoroaster possessed someone to design something that looks this this? Or pay for it? Who would find this an attractive thing to look at?

Jeez this is annoying.

MERC600 8:25 pm 10 May 13

I just do wonder if this design was fronted up to our federal masters, just for comment.
Of course our local arts are strictly a part of the local Legislaive Assembly,, but after all it will be floating over our Federal Parliament at some stage; not just our mickey mouse assembly. And of course no one outside in the States realises the ACT now sort of looks after its own affairs.

I can see some flack from the media .. like did first bloke Tim give this the nod .. and the rest.. Big blue for Federal ALP.

wildturkeycanoe 6:24 pm 10 May 13

I could rant on for pages about how wrong this is. I have saved 72% of you that horror as you are in the same mode of mind as I. As for the other 28%, I’m sure half of you are trolling just for the fun of it. I am no longer telling anyone i don’t know that I live in Canberra. From now on I reside in N.S.W. Oh the shame of it.

GardeningGirl 5:56 pm 10 May 13

Above announcement.

“TIME: 8.30am – The Skywhale tethered, 9.20am – The Skywhale will make her first Canberra flight (weather permitting)”

Canberra100 website.

“It will be tethered adjacent to the entrance of the National Gallery from 9am – 12pm.”

I get the weather permitting part but I was planning to swing by the gallery just before lunch, so now I have to go earlier?

And btw did it fly in Canberra on Thursday as I read somewhere? Anyone see it?

And any more info about Monday’s flight?

bd84 5:38 pm 10 May 13

Someone got the number of the Japanese Fisheries Agency? Whaling season is starting early this year.

bundah 5:33 pm 10 May 13

Pork Hunt said :

How many threads on this monstrosity of cum filled condoms (I don’t think they are boobs) do we need?

Jeez i hope they don’t rupture or we’ll be swimming in it!

Pork Hunt 5:28 pm 10 May 13

How many threads on this monstrosity of cum filled condoms (I don’t think they are boobs) do we need?

MERC600 4:17 pm 10 May 13

So Robbie Swan had nothing to do with this ?

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