Skywhale turns Japanese in Tokyo sojourn

Skywhale turns Japanese in Tokyo sojourn

New photos were filtering through on Thursday of a happy Skywhale living it up on the site of an old Japanese university on loan for the third Trans Arts Tokyo festival.

Artist Patricia Piccinini's half-tonne amply-bosomed masterpiece is already causing quite a stir in the city with one Twitter user labeling it "an adorable boob whale".

Patricia Piccinini's Skywhale is loving life in Tokyo, Japan.

Patricia Piccinini's Skywhale is loving life in Tokyo, Japan.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

The artwork was on display as part of the festival in Tokyo last weekend, returning this weekend on September 27 and 28 at old Tokyo Denki University in the city's historic Kanda area.


Local arts reviewers are labeling the whale's appearance in the soon-to-be-demolished university site as "surreal" and "truly bizarre".

The work was commissioned for the Canberra Centenary celebrations and has since been both praised and ridiculed.

While the artist has said she was hurt by criticism of her work, the Skywhale has an increasing band of groupies who are known to make homemade hats, and tweet 'selfies' with the sculpture.

Trans Arts Tokyo is a contemporary arts festival that will also include performances and videos art in Tokyo's Chiyoda and Kanda areas.

This is not the first trip for the creature - last December the hot air balloon made its way to Melbourne and most recently it was up in Byron Bay for the Splendour in the Grass festival.

Skywhale will have new friends in Noboru Tsubaki's large sculptural insects which are also on display at the festival.

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