Familiar Fishy Faces

02 November, 2008

Fish sculptures from the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games on display at Melbourne Museum.
Fish sculptures from the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games on display at Melbourne Museum.
Image: Benjamin Healley
Source: Museum Victoria

Question:
I was walking past the Melbourne Museum last night and I saw two enormous metal fish through the big glass windows. They looked really familiar, but I’ve never been inside the Museum. Can you tell me where I might have seen them before?

Answer:
The two giant metal fish hanging inside the windows of the Melbourne Museum were part of the opening ceremony of the Melbourne 2006Commonwealth Games.

Seventy-two fish and other aquatic creatures were produced for the Games and were mounted along the centre of Melbourne’s Yarra River between Princes Bridge and Swan Street Bridge. Each fish represented one of the nations competing in the Commonwealth Games.

The fish were a central part of a spectacular light and sound display in the finale of the opening ceremony and continued to delight spectators in hourly river festival displays every night during Commonwealth Games.

The fish were made by Mothers Art and were produced in partnership with the City of Melbourne. At the conclusion of the Commonwealth Games forty-one of the fish were placed in locations across Victoria.

Two were installed in the Melbourne Museum.

  • From Papua New Guinea, the Papuan Black Bass (Lutjanus goldiei)
    Healthy populations of the mighty Papuan Black Bass lurk in the dense jungle rivers of Papua New Guinea. The Papuan Black Bass is found nowhere else in the world.
  • From the Bahamas, the Bonefish (Albula vulpes)
    Bonefish are among the most challenging game fish and the Bahamas are said to be home to some of the best Bonefishing on Earth.     

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