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.
The Skywhale will be officially launched by Centenary of Canberra Creative Director Robyn Archer AO and Patricia Piccinini at the National Gallery of Australia as part of a sculpture symposium. She will also fly over Canberra on Monday morning.
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.