Wates boldly goes where few are hardie enough to follow. Summer
'96 saw her on North Uist in the Outer Hebrides off the coast
of Scotland. The project:- make a giant (5 metre) fish,
using "found" materials- and it had to cope with being submerged
by occasional high tides.....
The idea was to make it look as though this fish had been flung
ashore by the hand of a sea god, as a good luck talisman for the
local fishermen, and as a monument to their way of life, now sadly
declining. The mackerel was a good choice because of its rich
patterns; and Rosalind was fortunate in the wealth of local pebbles
(translucent quartz, black basalt, greys, pinks, yellows), green
and brown glass, and blue mussel shells.
It was her first three-dimensional project, and the basic structure
consisted of an aluminium frame bolted to the rock, covered with
galvanised mesh, the whole being rendered with a special sea-water-proof
material called PowerwallTM.