Skywhales: Every heart sings

Skywhale first appeared in the skies above Canberra in 2013, widening the eyes of the population, leaving many speechless and certain city-folk more forthcoming about public art and public money than at any time since the National Gallery acquired Blue Poles. After brief migrations to Tasmania, Japan and Ireland, Patricia Piccinini's monumental Skywhale has a new companion, Skywhalepapa.

Skywhalepapa stands some ten stories high and carries under his nurturing fins the brood of calves that his partner’s magnificent dugs had caused us to wonder about. As Piccinini says, what started as a character has “become a relationship and a narrative”. This lofty pod, with their exemplary share-parenting credentials, will never crash and burn, and they make those Supercouples so beloved by gossip magazines, look miniscule.

Come with the kids to crane your necks and marvel at them and stay for Patricia Piccinini’s visit to the Writers’ Week Kid’s Tent with her new children’s book Every Heart Sings. You can also pick up a knitting pattern to make your own, listen to their new theme song (Jess Green’s “We are the Skywhales”) or think about fashioning your own version of the Three Mills Bakery speciality croissant in their honour. Art events don’t come much bigger than this. They’re tethered here for a limited time so don’t miss them up close.

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