Alex Flett, 2005. Giant Magnetic Fish

In 2005 I was asked to create an Environmental work for the Norwegian City of Molde by Ingermette Stenseth of 360 Hub. The result was Giant Magnetic Fish.

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The interactive work was designed to played by all, and was set up in a small square next to the Fjord. It is still brought out and used at various different times of the year.

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The work was built from thin painted plywood, and the fishing rods were cut from trees on the mountains around the town. I found a very strong small magnet in Belgium and this was fitted into a bolt and screw system and attached to the end of the fishing line. The magnet, barely the size of a one euro piece would lift several kilos if necessary. A small piece of metal was fixed to the nose of each fish and the result was that everyone, even those who are quite small could manage to lift a fish.

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