Sunday, July 17, 2016

Flying Funky Fish

Until I was doing the pack up to bring my stuff home I had forgotten that I had put some of my Funky Fish (FF) into Jo St Baker's gallery.

They had lost a bit of their lustre so I decided to give them a new lease of life.

©2016 Barry Smith - Funky Fish calling out for a bit of a makeover
I had started two other bits of work: making a couple of smaller (in scale and number) sets of my timber and aluminium mountain forms; and making word leaves for Lorraine. I was cutting up my remaining offcuts of red cedar timber as you can see from the photo below.

©2016 Barry Smith - Red Cedar timber mountain forms - cut and ready for shaping and sanding
Along the way I decided that I would turn three of the FF into a small sculptural installation that included timber and brass tube stands.

©2016 Barry Smith - Back of the FF with brass tubing inserted - drilled and glued 
I think the final installation has worked out well. I consulted Fiona about the lengths of brass tube - I wanted to give the fish air and movement - I think we achieved that through the varied length of the tubing.
©2016 Barry Smith - Funky Fish ride the waves - flying and shining
©2016 Barry Smith - FF ride the waves - flying
©2016 Barry Smith - FF untethered
I thought the stamped healing and nurturing words Lorraine selected made for an inspirational photo. They will be formed into inspiration leaves.

©2016 Barry Smith - Love, hope and calm

I'm always amazed where the metal and the wood takes me.


  1. Your fish are delightful, Barry!

  2. Yes, the fish are totally transformed. Love them!

  3. Hi R, S, P and VA - thanks folks for dropping in and checking out the recycling of the fish; and thanks for your comments. All - agreed - they have turned out quite quirky. Go well and enjoy life, the environment and creativity. B


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