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Waterfront Whale Tales

A six-kilometre whale tail sculpture trail is popping up along Sydney's Western Harbour waterfront.
By Concrete Playground
August 09, 2022
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By Concrete Playground
August 09, 2022
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The Harbour City's waterside splendour is set to get even more beautiful this month thanks to a heap of impressive creative pieces.  Slated to run between Thursday, August 11–Saturday, September 24, Waterfront Whale Tales is a new addition to the New South Wales capital's arts calendar.

Yes, that name is a big clue — the free outdoor exhibition will feature 30 two-metre-tall painted whale tail sculptures. Each piece is inspired by its location and the land, uniquely painted by an Australian artist, including Indigenous artists, street artists, illustrators and muralists.

The full range of sculptures will span a six-kilometre trail along Sydney's Western Harbour waterfront, reaching from Sydney Fish Market past The Star, Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, ICC Sydney, Chinese Garden of Friendship, Darling Quarter, Cockle Bay, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, King Street Wharf and past Crown Sydney to Barangaroo.

While visitors will be able to walk the full trail in a single stroll, there'll also be mini trails for shorter walks. And, there'll be an app that'll provide details of each, plus stories about the waterfront's past, present and future. Also available via your phone: freebies, discounts and prizes from local businesses along the trail, as well as a major prize for checking out all 30 tails.

After the event's six-week run, the sculptures will be auctioned, with net proceeds donated to The Kids' Cancer Project.

Sydney's Waterfront Whale Tales will run between Thursday, August 11–Saturday, September 24 along the city's Western Harbour waterfront from Barangaroo to Sydney Fish Market. For more information, head to the exhibition's website.

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