Fish re­turn­ing to the cen­tral city

Rotorua Weekender - - News -

With sum­mer about to make its ap­pear­ance, it is that time again when a school of fish is get­ting ready to re­turn to Ro­torua in­ner city streets.

They will be part of the 14th an­nual Fish Out of Wa­ter Trail.

The trail is an arts event de­signed to cel­e­brate Ro­torua’s lakes and fish­ery, and is an op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal artists to ex­press their cre­ativ­ity in a dif­fer­ent way.

The artist’s role with this pro­ject is to trans­form plain white fi­bre­glass fish, dress­ing them up for their res­i­dency over the sum­mer fes­tive sea­son.

Artists who are keen to be part of this year’s trail need to sub­mit their idea for a fish on an en­try form as soon as pos­si­ble.

The Fish Out of Wa­ter en­try forms are avail­able from the Ro­torua Li­brary Te Aka Mauri, The Arts Vil­lage or on­line from cre­ativero­torua.org.nz En­tries close on Novem­ber 9. Se­lected artists will then be in­vited to meet up with their fish on Novem­ber 15 and will have four weeks to work on dress­ing their fish.

The Fish Out of Wa­ter Trail has be­come a fun sum­mer ac­tiv­ity for both vis­i­tors and locals over the years, tak­ing them on a one-hour walk through the cen­tre of the city to find the 13 dec­o­rated fish which are each hosted by a dif­fer­ent lo­cal busi­ness, spread out through the in­ner streets.

Pro­ject co-or­di­na­tor Jill Walker en­cour­ages artists to dream “out­side the square” in their ideas.

“Last year’s fish trans­for­ma­tion in­cluded paint, words, bark cladding, de­coupage and cop­per, but­tons, fab­ric, mem­o­ra­bilia, pa­per art and net­ting.”

She says the op­por­tu­ni­ties are un­lim­ited as to how the artists may trans­form their fish, pro­vid­ing that in Fe­bru­ary, when the Fish Out of Wa­ter Trail fin­ishes, all of the fish can be un­dressed to their orig­i­nal plain, white con­di­tion. Last year’s Judges Award went to the New­man.

Photo / Supplied

Mir­a­cle Maker fish by Jes­sica

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