The Art Balloon That Scandalized Australia’s Ruling Elite Is Back

“With a head like a turtle, a body like a giant cetacean and ten bulbous, hanging breasts, one thing is certain: It is hard to ignore the Skywhale. When the hot-air balloon debuted in May 2013, looming over Canberra for the Australian capital’s centenary celebrations, critics said the ‘floating sculpture’ created by Patricia Piccinini did not represent the city. Some blushed at the scale of its udders and at its six-figure cost. … Well, get ready, Australia. It’s back.”