November 23, 2014

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VIDEO: Follow the Fish public art project debuts at festival

“Follow the Fish,” a new public art initiative, made its debut during International Festival at Black River Landing.

Joan Perch — and she insists that really is her name — explained the project Sunday.

By next summer “we hope all of these fish that are around here will be lining our lakefront communities, pointing the way to businesses, attractions, fun events, festivals. And we hope you’ll be following the fish to all kinds of great times.”

Artist Jim Gundloch of North Ridgeville created the fish that are on display so far. Other local artists and even schoolchildren will be brought in as the project progresses.

Perch pointed out that the fish art is unique because it all moves.

“There’s not too many public art projects that are made of moving sculptures, which is very, very cool,” she said.

“Utimately, when the project is over, we’re hoping that it will be a fundraiser for art programs in schools,” she said. “Because we really think that the arts are important everywhere. They’re important for our kids and learning, they’re important for communities and fun. They drive business, and they’re a great tool for economic development.”

Project partners currently include Avon Lake City School, Lorain City Schools, the Lorain County Community College FabLab, the Lorain Port Authority, the Lorain Growth Corporation, Stocker Arts Center at LCCC and Visit Lorain County.

For more information, or to become involved as a sponsor or volunteer, contact Paul Biber at (440) 935-3654 or paulbiber@yahoo.com.

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