Fishmonger

Perhaps you have wandered through Victoria Harbour, and, gazing at the water, asked yourself, are there any fish living in there? This work brings the fish out of the water to be encountered by the public in various, surprising places throughout the area.

The juxtaposition of the materials —recycled bicycle and car inner tubes and plastic bags—with the organic forms of the fish, make a direct connection between our urban lifestyle and nature. Their hand-made, hand-sewn aesthetic serves as a contrast to the industrialization of the immediate area. Closely observing the work reveals random labels and barcodes—signs of production, business and economic growth, integral to Victoria Harbour— whilst the rubber fish-forms suggest and hope that this growth can be achieved with a conscious consideration of our ecological footprint.

Rising: the Victoria Harbour Young Artist Initiative is an exhibition of public artworks from young artists studying in Sculpture & Spatial Practice, School of Art, Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne. It offers these artists at the commencement of their careers an opportunity to experience the challenges and rewards of developing and exhibiting major works for public spaces.

Rising: the Victoria Harbour Young Artist Initiative has been presented annually since 2008 by Sculpture & Spatial Practice, School of Art, Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne, and Lend Lease, with support from Parks Victoria.