Whale Tales are swimming to Sydney’s Waterfront

Artists L-R Chris Yee, Blak Douglas, Uncle Graham Toomey and Sha’an d’Anthes aka Furry Little Peach.

Thirty brand new whale tails are swimming their way to Sydney’s Western Harbour from 11 August to 24 September.

Waterfront Whale Tales will form a 6km harbour-side trail, from Barangaroo to Cockle Bay, Darling Quarter to the Maritime Museum, The Star to the Sydney Fish Market.

Thirty Australian artists have been selected to each paint sculpture. Inspired by place, marine life and Indigenous stories, they will share their own tale through their unique design.

Indigenous Curatorial Advisors Uncle Graham Toomey and Aunty Joanne Selfe have helped the artists connect to the Whale Story and to the land on which the trail will be discovered.

Aunty Joanne says “Traditionally, the whale holds within it intricate Aboriginal knowledge systems, a complex tapestry of science, of knowledge that interweaves with cultural and social practice.”

Uncle Graham says “The sculptures will feature the ancient tracks that connect the clans to each other and the sharing of stories and culture.” 

Waterfront Whale Tales is presented by the New Sydney Waterfront Company, in partnership with Wild in Art, and supported by the NSW Government.

It hopes to uncover the connectivity between the areas and showcase stories of the past, present and future plans.

Charlie Langhorne, Managing Director and Co-founder, Wild in Art said, “We are excited to be returning to Sydney and teaming up with the New Sydney Waterfront Company and our delivery partners on this exciting event.

Wild in Art passionately champions the importance of art for everybody and the social, cultural and educational benefits which it provides. Whale Tales will bring colour and creativity to the Western Harbour and I have no doubt that it will capture the imaginations of both residents and visitors alike, offering them a new way to explore and discover this wonderful location.”

Visitors will be encouraged to discover the trail via a dedicated app. By entering the code on each tail, they can also unlock rewards from local businesses including free offers, discounts and prizes. There will also be a major prize up for grabs for completing all 30 tails.

After the event, the tail sculptures will be auctioned, with net proceeds going to the Kids Cancer Project.