'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.
Unique 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.
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.