Thursday, 16 May 2013

Is Skywhale a Jackass?

So Robyn Archer, the creative director of the Centenary of Canberra, has defended Skywhale - the whale-shaped balloon which makes Eccentrica Gallumbits look mammary-challenged:
There have been a few reactive suggestions that the balloon might have taken the form of the Canberra Bluebell, a gang-gang cockatoo or Walter Burley and Marion Mahony Griffin holding hands. Had we gone that way, there would have been little new conversation and our media reach would not have extended to dozens of countries, hundreds of media outlets and thousands of tweets in Australia and worldwide. Many have applauded the risk-taking as an indicator of signs that cultural sophistication is on the rise in the national capital.
All those things may indeed be signs of cultural sophistication on the rise. Or it may just be mean Skywhale has drawn attention by being stupid. After all, Jackass: The Movie, also generated conversation, publicity, attention and tweets, but few would regard it as culturally sophisticated.

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