Canberra’s favourite breasted balloon, The Skywhale, has been keeping busy during lockdown, getting hitched to her now husband Skywhalepapa.

The newest creation by artist Patricia Piccinini is about a third bigger in size than the original Skywhale.

Director of the National Gallery of Australia, Nick Mitzevich promising it will be quite the spectacle.

“He very much dominates the sky and his masculinity will really be flexed with the volume of his bulk.”

Artist sketch of what the Skywhalepapa will look like [Supplied]

Skywhalepapa will make his debut alongside his wife when the pair take flight in Canberra next month.

Mr Mitzevich said they’ll also be joined by their children.

“There’s two major balloons but Skywhalepapa has a cohort of offspring.”

“We’re not revealing how many at this stage but I’d encourage people to look up in the sky and count how many Skywhales they can see.”

A launch event to watch the creatures take flight will held at John Dunmore Lang Place on Saturday 6 February.

The free event is ticked to comply with strict covid-19 distancing measures.

First release went live on Friday morning and were all snapped up within 15 minutes.


A second round of tickets will be available from the National Gallery website from 10am Wednesday 27 January.

The Skywhale family will make another appearance in Canberra on Monday 8 February and again in April before hitting the road with the family to be taken on tour around Australia.