If you live in Canberra or Australia even, you have surely heard of the skywhale (it even has its own wikipedia page!). There is such a big hype around this hot air balloon, this morning we all got up at the crack of dawn to catch a glimpse of it. Why not? It's not every day giant art flies. Local artist Patricia Piccinini designed this mammoth girl especially for Canberra's 100th birthday. It has certainly caused a LOT of controversy, but the way I see it, art gets people talking. And this? It has definitely got people talking.
After chasing her around Canberra - they found a less foggy area to launch. After declaring that the fog had lifted enough and the wind conditions were ok (two hours later!) the sky whale was inflated. I'm really bad with crowd numbers, but there were a few hundred people there who braved the subzero temperature to see the sky whale fly. I for one am impressed. It's massive, it's distinctive and it has ten boobs. What else do you need in a hot air balloon, to celebrate your birthday?