Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No… it’s Skywhale! | 1 Mar 2014

Images from SkyWhale, hot air balloon flight over Mt Arapilies, Western Victoria, Australia

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No… it’s Skywhale!

The majestic creature that caused a stir when she helped celebrate Canberra’s centenary is now en route to Adelaide. Skywhale, a sculpture by internationally renowned artist Patricia Piccinini, will hover over Adelaide on Saturday 1 March 2014, for one day only as part of the 2014 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Dark Heart.

‘The Skywhale is a magnificent and mysterious creature that literally floats in and out of our world. She appears both impossible but also strangely plausible, a reminder of the marvellous and incredible adaptations that exist across the breadth of the world,’ said Patricia Piccinini
‘(It) is by far the largest sculpture I have ever conceived. It is massive on every level. The very idea of creating it is huge. I see her as a generator of wonder, and a creator of discussion,’ she said.

From concept development Patricia Piccinini’s sculpture took over seven months to create. Standing 24 metres high and 36 metres long, Skywhale is twice as big as a standard hot-air balloon and weighs half a tonne. It was cut and sewn together by a team of six people who used 3.3 million stitches.

‘At the heart of the 2014 Adelaide Biennial is the idea of the artist’s imagination and that anything is possible. Skywhale is the beacon of what an artist’s fertile imagination can create. It captures the startling possibilities of genetic engineering and biotechnology while expressing a vulnerability that Piccinini’s work is famous for,’ said Nick Mitzevich, Curator, Dark Heart.

Follow Skywhale on Instagram as she flies over the Barossa @artgalleryofsa

Get up close when she hovers over Adelaide.

ONE DAY ONLY – Adelaide Botanic Garden, Saturday 1 March, 9am to 12pm
Patricia Piccinini artist talk at 11am | Art making workshops start from 9am | FREE

The workshop is a life drawing session with Skywhale. It’s for all ages, targeted at children and families. It’s free and there is no need for bookings, just turn up on the day and keep your eyes on the sky!

About the Adelaide Biennial:

The Adelaide Biennial has a 26 year history and is the country’s longest running survey of contemporary Australian art. Established in 1990 it was initiated by Daniel Thomas, then Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia, as an antipodean version of the Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
Known for its risk taking, expansive vision and desire to educate and inform the general public about contemporary Australian art, the event demonstrates the Art Gallery of South Australia’s unswerving commitment to current Australian art.

The Adelaide Biennial has always displayed the best contemporary work in the context of Australian artist’s engagement with the world in which we live. It is forward thinking, timely and perhaps uniquely capable of expressing the dominant concerns and position of the visual arts in our time. www.adelaidebiennial.com.au

Find out more on the Art Gallery website here.

What: Skywhale | Adelaide Biennial

When: Saturday 1 March 2014 | 9am to 12pm

Where: Adelaide Botanic Garden | North Terrace,  Adelaide

Who: Families, Art Lovers

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

Image from Art Gallery of SA
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