Skywhales: Every Heart Sings

Saturday 19 March 2022

Patricia Piccinini’s majestic Skywhales—two monumental sculptures in the form of hot-air balloons—are coming to Melbourne!

Patricia Piccinini’s Skywhalepapa is a monumental sculpture in the form of a hot-air balloon and a new companion piece to Skywhale—together they form a Skywhale family. Following flight events in Canberra, Adelaide & Albury, the sculptures are heading to Melbourne for the first time as part of a National Gallery touring event throughout 2021 and 2022.

Set your alarm for 5am, and join us for this spectacular sunrise event at Corben Oval as we watch the Skywhales lift off and fly over the heart of Melbourne.

The story of the Skywhale family is told in Patricia Piccinini’s new children’s book ‘Every Heart Sings’, while an exhibition in the Tim Fairfax Learning Gallery at the National Gallery of Australia brought together studio drawings, 3D models and an interview with the artist to look at the development the Skywhales. An accompanying online learning resource for primary students looks at concepts of love, care and responsibility in relation to ourselves, families, and other living beings. Musician Jess Green (AKA Pheno) has created a song, ‘We are the Skywhales’, and keen knitters can make their own Skywhales from a pattern developed by a local Canberra knitter.

This tour is thanks to the Principal Patronage of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, supported by Visions of Australia.

Follow the link below to express your interest in attending the launch event and stay up to date with all the latest Skywhales information and program news.

Event details:
6am to 9am, Saturday 19 March, 2022
Where: Corben Oval, Yarra Bend, Fairfield

This event is part of Rediscover Yarra. Find out what else is happening in Yarra.

Corben Oval


Date and time:
6am - 9am
Saturday 19 March 2022

Corben Oval, Yarra Bend, Fairfield