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    Default Calling Aussies! What in Vegamite Hell is this thing?

    My brother sent this along. We can't figure it out.

    Canberra Australia commissioned a huge hot air balloon to carry the message of the city to the world.









    A turtle with 10 tits? A manatee wearing a condom wig?
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    I'm not an Aussie but I google enough stuff from down under that google thinks i am and recommends the oddest things.

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    Canberra's centenary balloon

    Watch as a special hot air balloon celebrating Canberra's centenary flies over parts of Victoria.(3:26 / 19.2MB)

    Artist Patricia Piccinini's Skywhale. Picture: Mark Chew Source: Supplied



    IT won't be unveiled until tomorrow, but Skywhale - the gargantuan whale-like balloon commissioned for the Centenary of Canberra - is already dividing opinion in the nation's capital.

    Talkback radio and social media were awash with claims Patricia Piccinini's 23m-high, 34m-wide whale-shaped artwork was "ugly'' and an "eyesore'', while the ACT government found itself under fire for a commission that will have a lifespan of just 100 flights.

    In a public accounts committee hearing it was revealed the operating costs for the balloon, in addition to the artwork's $172,000 construction cost, would approximate $300,000.

    "The total project cost for the balloon that's been allowed within the Centenary program is $300,000,'' Chief Minister Katy Gallagher said.

    "That includes the licensing (and) all of the associated costs with flying the balloon throughout the year.''

    ACT Oppositon Leader Jeremy Hanson blasted the government over the public artwork, commissioned by COC artistic director Robyn Archer and which has taken almost two and a half years to construct.

    "While Canberra taxpayers will pay $300,000 for the hot air balloon, it is not actually owned by the Territory and has a design life of only 100 flights, with only one of those flights planned for Canberra so far,'' he said.

    The artwork is owned by the ballon company that operates it, but its future will be decided by Piccinini.

    Skywhale will officially be unveiled on Saturday at the National Gallery of Australia, to which it will be tethered ahead of a maiden flight on Monday.The artwork - which depicts a giant whale, replete with dangling mammalian teets - is scheduled to appear at MONA FOMA in Hobart, before an appearance in Melbourne.

    Archer said Skywhale was a bargain for public art.

    "This is cheap,'' she said. "It's a bargain for public art.''

    Piccinini on Thursday seemed to concede not everyone would share her affinity with her work - she described it as a highlight of her career - but said that's what made its connection to Canberra all the more significant.

    "This is a place of ideas, of debate,'' she said. "I can't think of a more perfect place for her.'



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    Oh thank-you, Twitchy. I wonder what the engorged tit wig means. Are they meant to spread the Canberra message and release it at intervals?

    I sort of like the whale, in a kitschy/trashy way.
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    I wish Steve Irwin was alive to say, "Crikey, isn't she a beaut?"
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    Another magnificent waste of public money by our retard federal pollies. Aussies regard Canberra in pretty much the same way Canadians view Ottawa so maybe this hideous, expensive joke is appropriate.
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    Ah, so Canberra is a lovely place to live then.
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    LOL Like many artificial "new" cities it actually IS a very pleasant place with lots of green spaces and good urban landscapes but its occupied almost entirely by pollies and public servants so its utterly soulless and boring. Last time I was there was a weekend and basically it was shut.
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    Crikey, this is obscene looking. A balloon with boobs.
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    Many people have commented its a brilliant (and unintentional) metaphor for our bloated welfare system and the record numbers of people sucking off the Govt tit. It looks like something from a Pink Floyd concert to me.
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    I agree Olivia, it looks like a turtle with 10 tits.
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    It's probably the most interesting thing about Canberra.
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    Wow $300,000 for a hideous balloon that vaguely resembles a whale with 10 gigantic tits... what a ginormous crock of shit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twitchy2.0 View Post
    I wish Steve Irwin was alive to say, "Crikey, isn't she a beaut?"
    After reading that old Steve Irwin thread, I would LOVE to know what grimmlok has to say about this statement.
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    Any second now Honeybooboo is going to mistake it for her mother.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twitchy2.0 View Post
    I wish Steve Irwin was alive to say, "Crikey, isn't she a beaut?"
    and then he'd prod it with a stick until it got pissed off.
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