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TAT2014 Feature : Patricia Piccinini and The Skywhale


TRANS ARTS TOKYO 2014 Participant Artist: Patricia Piccinini

Magnificent and beautiful, an enormous spectacle of the mystery of life fluttering about the Tokyo sky.


As part of this year's Trans Arts Tokyo, contemporary artist Patricia Piccinini (previous participant in the Venice Biennale) will awaken her hot air balloon artwork 'The Skywhale' outside of Australia for the first time. The beauty overwhelms the viewer as it gracefully engorges to span 24 meters in height at 34 meters in length, accompanied by the periodic roar of its gas flames.

The Skywhale crowned this year's opening after much sweat over weather conditions. As Piccinini had stated, "she" (the Skywhale) is not unlike nature, being as uncontrollable as the weather itself. Just as a whale has evolved to survive and nurture family within the harsh depths of the ocean, so too does the Skywhale live triumphantly in the sky. Is she fictional? A mutation? An undiscovered being? By having the viewer ponder these themes, one also begins to consider the role of humans within nature. Furthermore, by coming together to awaken the Skywhale and discuss as a group, the work becomes a community piece.

Trans Arts Tokyo 2014 - Kanda Living Park. A space where people can gather and exchange varied outlooks through dialogue, just as a family spends time together in the comfort of a living room. Piccinini's contribution to this year's theme will hopefully continue to strengthen the creative spirit within Tokyo's community.



Artist Talk
Date: Friday September 26
Time: 19:30-21:30
Location: 3331 Arts Chiyoda

The Skywhale in Tokyo
Dates: Saturday and Sunday (September 27-28)
Times: 8:00-11:00, 17:00-20:00
Location: Former Tokyo Denki University (2-2 Nishiki-cho, Kanda, Chiyoda-ku)
Free entry!

Helicopter view in Tokyo
About the Skywhale
Trans Arts Tokyo event page
Photo: Martin Ollman 《skywhale, 2013》

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