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Massive flying whales to soar over Adelaide’s CBD

Massive flying whales are soon to float above the Adelaide skies this Mad March, with the beloved SkyWhales making their return to South Australia.

Art by: Patricia Piccinini.

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a… whale?!

Massive flying whales are soon to float above the Adelaide skies this Mad March, with the beloved SkyWhales making their return to South Australia.

The massive hot air balloons were meant to take flight last October, but unfortunately, COVID-19 saw the travelling exhibition grounded. Now, Patricia Piccinini’s monumental SkyWhale is back, set to soar over South Australia’s skies in conjunction with the Adelaide Festival season. 

The incredible SkyWhale will be joined its loved companion this year, Skywhalepapa – who sits at ten stories high and nurtures cute calves tucked under its fin. The co-parenting pair have travelled through the skies and traversed across Australia together, but this March, the couple will be floating above the CBD for a limited time. 

The sky-high hot air balloon duo will coincide with Writers’ Week, where Piccinini is visiting the glittery literary event with her new children’s book Every Heart Sings. The tale explores the connection between humans and animals, discussing nature, family, evolution and joy – a story every child and parent will love.

Spot the beloved whales resting in Adelaide’s skyline as you and your little ones take a trip to the Writers’ Week Kid’s Tent on March 5 to partake in all the Every Heart Sings related activities. Pick up a knitting pattern and create your own SkyWhale at home or listen to the new theme song by Jess Green. The sky-high sea creatures will be tethered at the King William Street location for a limited time only, so make sure you race to the city location to catch a glimpse of the gigantic air balloons up close. 

Since taking to the skies in 2013, Piccinini’s SkyWhale has travelled across Australia, visiting communities and sparking joy, excitement and wonder nationwide. Taking off on a two-year tour from Canberra last year, the hot air balloon duo began travelling around Australia once again with the National Gallery of Australia. 

After a temporary pause in the schedule, both SkyWhale and Skywhalepapa are flying the skies again, travelling to regional Victoria, Melbourne, Queensland and New South Wales. 

See the SkyWhales for free this March 5 at King William Street in Adelaide’s CBD.

For more information on the SkyWhales and Adelaide Festival, go here.

Read more about the SkyWhales project here.


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