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Fishing for the Best and Brightest

'Let's go fishing!' That's been an easy feat this year in Baltimore. 

Yes, Chicago had its cows to add a touch of quirkiness to its cityscape. But Baltimore need not feel left out.   

Fishing for the Best and BrightestUnique fish creations, like Bill Donaldson's  "Fishing for the Best and Brightest," at right, were part of Charm City's Fish Out of Water public art program. 

About 180 fish were scattered around the streets of Baltimore in July. The designs were the work of local artists.

The city auctioned 60 of the fish Nov. 17 at the Walters Art Museum. The auction attracted more than $373,000 in bids; the remaining fish were to be sold on Ebay. 

Proceeds of the auctions will benefit three charities: the mayor's Advisory Council on Arts and Council, which gives grants to community groups for artistic projects; Be-Instrumental, which provides instruments for young people; and the mayor's initiative to wire Baltimore classrooms. 

Why fish, not crabs?  "Maryland is known for crabs. This is really a Baltimore project," says Baltimore Councilwoman Catherine Pugh, the project's main backer.


Photos and text by Kim Harris
Published Nov. 16, 2001; last updated Dec. 11, 2001

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