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Patricia Piccinini’s Skywhales: Every heart sings is coming to Bordertown! Experience the magic of Skywhale and Skywhalepapa, two hot air balloon sculptures towering 7 storeys, as they come to life in the glow of sunrise.

Join the pre-dawn festivities at this once in a lifetime community event. Bring your blanket & thermos or enjoy a coffee and snack from onsite vendors, then sit back as the pair slowly rise from the ground and, if weather permits, take off across the skies of Bordertown.

WHEN: Saturday 19 February, 2022

TIME: 4.30am - 7am

WHERE: Bordertown Football Oval

FREE, tickets essential

Flight dates are subject to change depending on weather conditions. We'll keep you posted. 

Skywhales: Every heart sings is a National Gallery Touring Event, supported by Principal Partner The Naomi Milgrom Foundation and Visions of Australia. Skywhales: Every heart sings is the third instalment of The Balnaves Contemporary Series and is a Know My Name project.

Image: Patricia Piccinini, Skywhalepapa and Skywhale, 2020, National Gallery of Australia, Kamberri/Canberra, commissioned with the assistance of The Balnaves Foundation 2019, purchased 2020 © Patricia Piccinini


  • Entry is free, gates open at 4.30am. Please feel free to join the event at any time after gates open.

  • The sculptures gradually inflate over 90 minutes, reaching their full height and taking off (weather permitting) at sunrise.

  • The event will conclude at 7.00am.

  • It may be cold at sunrise, so dress warmly with waterproof sneakers or soft shoes only.

  • Bring a torch, picnic rug or chair or take a seat in the grandstand. Camp/folding chairs are not permitted on the Oval.

  • Bring a breakfast picnic and hot thermos or purchase something from a vendor on site.

  • Bordertown Oval is wheelchair accessible.

  • Inclement weather may delay the flight to the following day, Walkway Gallery will notify all ticketed guests via email early on Friday 18 February.

  • COVID safety measures will be in place. All attendees are required to register for free tickets and sign in via the COVID-Safe Check-in.

  • Attendees are not to attend if they are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, have been in contact within the past two weeks with someone exhibiting symptoms, or have been in an area identified as having active cases of COVID-19.

  • Attendees are to maintain physical distancing from other attendees as per the current COVID restrictions.