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The Skywhale Comes to Melbourne

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by Rebecca Bowyer (subscribe)
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Published December 4th 2013
Commuters to work were rather surprised this morning to see a 34 metre long hot air balloon rise above them and float off over Sturt Street in Melbourne.

Created by artist Patricia Piccinini as part of Canberra's centenary celebrations, the Skywhale is reported to have cost $170,000 and has sparked great controversy over both the merits of the design and the expenditure of public money.

Initially launched in Canberra in May 2013, the Skywhale travelled to Melbourne this month to startle and fascinate a new audience.

Interviewed by ABC News, Ms Piccinini explained her nature-inspired work of art, "My question is, what if evolution went a different way and instead of going back into the sea, from which they came originally, they went into the air and we evolved a nature that could fly instead of swim?"

What do you think: a thought provoking work of art, or an eyesore taking over our skies and public purse?
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