Canberra's skies have become a no Gogh zone for hot-air balloon enthusiasts.
The anticipated-arrival of the Vincent Van Gogh hot-air balloon on Monday and Tuesday morning was not to be, with strong winds preventing the balloon from taking off.
The 28-metre high balloon was meant to take flight on Monday morning only, but windy conditions meant organisers would try for a second and final attempt on Tuesday.
The Bureau of Meteorology forecasted northwesterly winds of up to 25km/h on Tuesday.
The balloon was, however, able to do a tethered run instead, allowing more than 100 people to see the large hot-air balloon up close.
Hot-air balloon pilot Paul Gibbs said high-level clouds also affected the balloon's run on Tuesday.
"The cloud cover came over this morning and that was associated with a front going through and that brought the temperature up to 12 degrees, which is unseasonably warm," Mr Gibbs said.
"With those temperatures, the westerly winds prevailed.
"If we had been given clearance we would have had a lot of trouble staying away from Canberra Airport."
The balloon was in Canberra en route to the King Valley Balloon Festival in north-east Victoria, which starts in June.
It was airshipped from the UK to Australia for the event.
The balloon of the Dutch artist, a digitally-printed replica of his Self Portrait with Grey Felt Hat, first flew in Canberra's skies as part of the 2004 balloon spectacular.
Mr Gibbs said it was the most expensive special-shaped balloon, with every panel individually printed from a high-resolution scan of the original art work.
Despite the lack of flying over Canberra, Mr Gibbs said he wasn't disappointed.
"As professional balloonists we work with the weather and we make our opportunities," he said.
"The light was fantastic this morning."
The balloon will make two more flights, one at Albury and the other over Melbourne before it takes part in the festival next month.