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A giant balloon is dangling 10 enormous boobs over Galway

Magical mammaries.

GOOD EVENING. A giant hot air balloon with ten enormous boobs has been flying over Galway today…



Are people… afraid?

Yes, pretty much.

So what’s going on?

Well, the enormous ten-boobed creature is called the SkyWhale. It is the creation of Australian artist Patricia Piccinini and was first unveiled in Canberra in 2013.

Since then, it has travelled all around the world.

And now it has arrived in Ireland, as part of Piccinini’s exhibition at the Galway International Arts Festival.

Is that why I saw Teresa Mannion on the Six One dangling underneath a set of giant floating boobs, and studiously not mentioning the boobs?



(Watch the full, hilarious broadcast here.)

So… why all the boobs?

The Skywhale’s official website describes them as “udders”. Piccinini has said that they reflect how whales are mammals and breast-feed their young.

She also told the Canberra Times: ”If it’s turned into something base or vulgar, it’s got nothing to do with the work – it’s got everything to do with the viewer and what they bring to it.”

Are people turning it into something base or vulgar?


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Reassuringly, Skywhale’s operator Kiff Saunders has a more straightforward approach. “Skywhale’s length and her pendulous breasts make her more difficult to land,” he told ABC News.

Finally, does it look funny when it’s deflated?


screencap13-85 Source: Galway2020

Skywhale will be dangling its boobs over Galway until July 19.

Written by Michael Freeman and originally published on 

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