Skywhale over Canberra. Photo by Martin Ollman.
From giant whales in the sky, to Justin Bieber, to vagina knitting, our contemporary artists are an eclectic bunch and if the purpose of art is to generate discussion, they've certainly succeeded. Here are ten of the most talked about works of 2013.
1. Skywhale by Patricia Piccinini
What better way to mark the centenary of our nation’s capital than a giant floating Skywhale with teats, hovering past as bewildered public servants looked up from their coffee? Well that's exactly what happened when Skywhale launched as part of Canberra's Centenary celebrations. Patricia Piccinini’s work is known for embracing the strange; for twisting our concept of familiar into that of the alien and apart from its sheer size and the fact that it was in the sky, this piece was no different.