Thursday, August 11, 2011

Fishy Art

The Cape Cod Cultural Center in Yarmouth is showing twenty fish, each the same basic fiberglass shape but each differently interpreted by a different local artist. I didn't jot down names but the third one was done by an art teacher at Sturgis Dharter School where Rachel works. It had the most imaginative decor without going overboard as a few did.

The Fish have been displayed at various locations for at least a month and now have been gathered to be previewed before an auction next week, with proceeding going to a charity.

Some clever company is in the business of making fiberglass bases and marketing them to organizations or cities with the idea of having various artist do what they want with them -- paint, collage, etc. There were quite a variety of methods in this show, and I actually photographed the tamer ones. The fish below with a female face -- some kind of mermaid I think, is only a suggestion of how wild some where.

It's a fun idea. I first encountered it in NYC about 6 or 7 years ago when life size cows began to appear all over over Manhattan's streets painted in exotic ways. I got in the habit that summer of carrying my camera and walking various streets I wouldn't normally in order to discover more cows. I have an album of them. I understand Seattle did pigs one year. I saw one horse but it was a loner -- perhaps there were horses somewhere else.


Ladydy5 aka: Diane Yates said...

I have seen cows and horses done like this in lifesize. In Florida they have Gators. I loved the fish, not all but some. I don't like the ones that have human faces etc on them. I bought a rubber flat fish that I can use with paint on it and then print on fabric. Forgot I had it until I saw this entry.

June Calender said...

I saw some wonderful things printed with one of those rubber wish at a craft show last summer-- I'd forgotten about it until you mentioned it. A creative person can do some amazing things. I can imagine gators in Florida. How about moose in Maine?