In just a few weeks, Canberra will see the return of Skywhale.
It will be a monumental moment for Skywhale fans, as not only will it be the first time in years that she will take to the sky (weather permitting) but it will be the first time we will see Patricia Piccinini's companion piece, Skywhalepapa. Together they will form a skywhale family that will be launched near the National Gallery of Australia and take flight over Canberra at three different events.
But what exactly do we know about these events?
The first launch date will be on February 6 at 5.30am, followed by two more on March 8 and April 3.
The events will be free but ticketed, with tickets launching on a dedicated event page for the first flight on January 21 and there will only be 2000 tickets available. Tickets to the other flights will be released at a later date.
Also, don't expect it to be similar to the Canberra Balloon Spectacular. It is COVID times, which means it will be a seated event, with attendees asked to bring along a picnic blanket and thermos to watch the two hot air balloons inflate and take flight.
There will also be a live performance of We are theSkywhales by Canberran Jess Green with her band and the Luminescence Children's Choir to create an immersive sonic experience.
But, as most Canberrans know, hot air balloons need specific weather conditions to actually launch, meaning that flights are subject to weather and logistical changes may occur. Updates will be on the National Gallery's dedicated Know My Name website - knowmyname.nga.gov.au - as well as on social media channels on the morning of each flight.