Issue: October 2001
Large Scale Invasion

Becky Everett Haney

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a . . . rockfish?


     So you’ve always wanted a five-foot fish to adorn your pool deck but just never found quite the right cod? Now’s your chance. Baltimore and Richmond are auctioning off some of the giant fish both cities have had on display all summer as part of an outdoor art show.

     Richmond’s Streetside “Go Fish!” is the largest art exhibit in Virginia history and features 200 rockfish throughout the city. Cast in polyurethane, the five-foot stripers were sponsored by local businesses and non-profit organizations, who chose artists to create them. Some of them will be auctioned on Oct. 20 at the Tredegar Foundry and Browns Island Canal Overlook.

     Baltimore’s exhibit “Fish out of Water” features 200 sculptures decorated by area artists selected by a special fish committee. These six-foot fiberglass-cast specimans of Ichthyaerius Baltimoris, or (flying fish of Baltimore) will be on display on the streets of the Inner Harbor until the end of October. Then they’ll go up for auction at the Walters Art Museum on Nov. 17, to raise money for youth organizations and projects.

     To learn more, go to www.gofish or