Fish returning to the central city
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.
Miracle Maker fish by Jessica