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Giant Whale Head And Dangling Breasts Hot Air Balloon

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This is Skywhale, a giant hot air balloon created by artist Patricia Piccinin for the Australian National Gallery. Now that's some fine art if I've ever seen it and I've been on over a dozen museum field trips. Plus we went to Gettysburg once but that was less fine art and more me hunting for musket balls.

"The artwork - which depicts a giant whale, replete with dangling mammalian teets [...]"


It was commissioned by ACT Government to celebrate Canberra's 100th birthday and apparently, it cost Patricia about $172,000 to build. Let's just say... some people are not too excited about this

When reached for comment, Twitter's fail whale had this to say: "I'd hit that." Of course it came out as a bunch of clicks and whistles, so I could be wrong. I did take two years of whale language in high school though, so maybe it was "I did hit that." Whatever the case, I would not hit that but I would swing from one of those teets into a pool.

Hit the jump for a bunch more shots and a video of the thing in flight (although skip to the end for that -- most of the video is just blowing the thing up).

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Thanks to my buddy Terry, who would ride that thing into the clouds and probably plummet to his death after climbing out of the basket to dangle from one of the teets.

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  • ErrMerGerd

    Its a rancor head with titty dreads

  • Guest

    I told my brother not to date a cow, but nooo...he wouldn't listen.

  • That's great if you want people to wonder wtf was the point. Save whale titties?

  • So.... What in the absolute fuck am I seeing here. What is the relevance of giant hot air Admiral Ackbar with tit dreadlocks?

  • Closet Nerd

    From Bob Marley's lesser known remix of "Natty Dreadlocks"

    Dread, Titty Dread now, (Titty Dread)
    Dreadlock Congo Bongo I. (Titty Dread)
    Titty Dreadlock in a Babylon: (Titty Dread)
    A dreadlock Congo Bongo I. (Titty Dread)
    Eh! Children get your culture (Titty Dreadlock)
    And don't stay there and gesture, a-ah, (Titty Dreadlock)
    Or the battle will be hotter (Titty Dreadlock)
    And you won't get no supper. (Titty Dreadlock)

    Titty Dread, Titty Dread, now; (Titty Dread)
    A dreadlock Congo Bongo I. (Titty Dread)
    Titty Dreadlock in a Babylon - (Titty Dread)
    Roots Titty, Roots Titty! (Titty Dread)

    Then I walk up the first street, (Titty Dreadlock)
    And then I walk up the second street to see. (Titty Dreadlock)
    Then I trod on through third street, (Titty Dreadlock)
    And then I talk to some Dread on fourth street. (Titty Dreadlock)
    Titty Dreadlock in a fifth street, (Titty Dreadlock)
    And then I skip one fence to sixth street. (Titty Dreadlock)
    I've got to reach seventh street: (Titty Dreadlock)
    Titty Dreadlock Bingy Bongo I (Titty Dread)
    Titty dread, Titty Dread, now, (Titty Dread)
    Roots Titty Congo I. (Titty Dread)

    Oh, Titty, Titty,
    Titty 21,000 miles away from home, yeah!
    Oh, Titty, Titty,
    And that's a long way
    For Titty to be from home.

    Don't care what the world seh; (Titty Dread)
    I'n'I couldn't never go astray. (Titty Dread)
    Just like a bright and sunny day: (Titty Dread)
    Oh, we're gonna have things our way. (Titty Dread)
    Titty Dread, Titty Dreadlock, (Titty Dreadlock)
    Dreadlock Congo Bongo I. (Titty Dreadlock)
    Don't care what the world seh; (Titty Dreadlock)
    I'n'I gonna have things our way. (Titty Dreadlock)
    If a egg Titty in a the red - (Titty Dreadlock)
    If a egg Titty in a the red. (Titty Dreadlock)
    Titty Dread, Titty Dreadlock. [fadeout]

  • You are so far ahead of your time with this, you are going to break the internet. This is how commenting should be done always.

  • Closet Nerd

    That is the smartest thing I've ever heard anyone say about anything EVER!!!
    ......just sayin

  • WhiteEagle2

    This will haunt my dreams...

  • McfeelySmackup

    This is what you get when the government gets involved in art. Does everyone get that now?

  • I think this art is brilliant. I might have never even heard of the city of Canberra if it weren't for this awesomely weird balloon. If the balloon had been something less strange we wouldn't have seen it because no one would care to show it.

  • OrehRatiug

    I wonder what a body pillow for that thing would look like.

  • Closet Nerd

    Does it make pearl necklaces too?

  • Brant_Alan

    Every 7 seconds GW thinks about boobs.
    Big whale boobs.

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