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Suspended Fish Sculpture Made of Forks

On any given day, one wouldn't expect to see a giant, luminous fish in the sky, let alone one made of dining utensils. However, entering at Heddon Street in Central London, you'll be able to view just that! The piece known as Cutlery Fish is a woven installation by designer Ian McChesney made of forks. In an attempt to set a marker and draw attention to the fact that this particular street features a multitude of restaurants, the landowner commissioned McChesney's project in collaboration with his public art advisers at Plan Projects.

Inspired by the children's book “Swimmy” by Leo Lionni. the hanging sculpture mimics the shape of a fish through its entwinement of over 1,000 forks. The shiny silver pattern looks down on the passersby in the district populated by numerous eateries, suspended by cables so fine that they are nearly invisible to the human eye on ground-level. It appears as though the metallic figure is swimming in the air without assistance. An added visual bonus is the illusion of how each fork seems like a tiny silvery fish in a massive school of fish. What a remarkable sight as you enter the food quarter of Regent Street!

Ian McChesney website
via [Junk Culture]


Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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