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An orgy of gold fish

By 30 March 2012 28

There is an interesting new addition to the Canberran public art scene erected at the Drakeford Drive / Marconi Crescent intersection in Kambah. I think it went up this morning.

Anyone got the foggiest what it is meant to be? My money is on gamboling gold fish.

[ED - if someone can send a picture in to images@the-riotact.com that will be great]

UPDATE 31/03/12 13:25 Thanks to Threepaws who has been out to get a picture:

threepaws

And also to Skidbladnir:

goldfish

UPDATE 01/04/12 09:06: Mark has sent in this one with a note:

Here’s a pic. I note you have two already, but this one is a different angle and shows the structure nicely as it is visible from the road.

Also, there is already graffiti visible: a silver “shit happens :P” stencil on a central “petal” of the sculpture. Pretty sure this is new since last night: got this image this morning.

gamboling

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28 Responses to
An orgy of gold fish
Zeital 2:24 pm
30 Mar 12
#1

i drive past this in the morning, didn’t have my camera with me though, so this is why they had all the road work signs up for the last few weeks around there

Chop71 2:45 pm
30 Mar 12
#2

Zeital said :

i drive past this in the morning, didn’t have my camera with me though, so this is why they had all the road work signs up for the last few weeks around there

I thought they were going to build a walk bridge for the kiddies going to school.

It is very Greater Western Sydney ORANGE coloured.

Thoroughly Smashed 3:50 pm
30 Mar 12
#3

Zeital said :

i drive past this in the morning, didn’t have my camera with me though, so this is why they had all the road work signs up for the last few weeks around there

Around Drakeford/Marconi?

threepaws 4:16 pm
30 Mar 12
#4

It’s actually Drakeford and O’Halloran/Summerland (north). I think the pedestrian overpass is being built between the fish and the super school, so expect roadworks for a while yet.

Glad someone pointed out they were supposed to be goldfish. Sitting in the car this morning I couldn’t for the life of me make out what it was. Maybe it was just the angle…

When Baby Threepaws wakes I will endeavour to go for a walk and snap a pic.

timeeh 12:21 pm
31 Mar 12
#5

I thought it might be an accident with a couple of Action buses……

Namloot 12:55 pm
31 Mar 12
#6

It’s many Moths…(with lights)

gooterz 4:23 pm
31 Mar 12
#7

Why build a bridge next to a superschool? why not an underpass like the rest of kambah!

Namloot 4:37 pm
31 Mar 12
#8

gooterz said :

Why build a bridge next to a superschool? why not an underpass like the rest of kambah!

Well you see it’s like this. When the ACT Gov opened the wallet to see how much money was left for projects like the Namagi pedestrian bridge there was nothing left but moths. Thanks Jon….

keepitup 4:55 pm
31 Mar 12
#9

When I saw it I thought someone had crashed their Tiger Moth.

Gerry-Built 5:12 pm
31 Mar 12
#10

I’m all for the name “teppanyaki”… as it looks like bits of goldfish flying through the air (and the top pic even has the flying knife)…

I find this exactly 3.7 times less distasteful than anything along GDE…

Spykler 5:12 pm
31 Mar 12
#11

Marginally better then the steel spaghetti on the GDE, but still an irrelevance..What is this trying to achieve?

tonys 5:55 pm
31 Mar 12
#12

I stopped at this intersection this morning and overheard a child ask his dad
“what’s that?”
“a waste of taxpayer money!”
so funny.

gooterz 9:18 pm
31 Mar 12
#13

This prooves one thing with artwork.. size matters!

If this was 200ft tall and 100 ft wide.. it would be more interesting!

Dilandach 9:18 pm
31 Mar 12
#14

Useless fact:

Its not an orgy of goldfish but the correct term is “A troubling of goldfish”.

Gerry-Built 7:48 am
01 Apr 12
#15

gooterz said :

Why build a bridge next to a superschool? why not an underpass like the rest of kambah!

There are already so many underpasses along drakeford drive; why waste money on a bridge, make the kids walk/ride the extra 500m to the underpass – you know, the ones built when adequate infrastructure was provided…

stormboy68 12:01 pm
01 Apr 12
#16

Gerry-Built said :

gooterz said :

Why build a bridge next to a superschool? why not an underpass like the rest of kambah!

There are already so many underpasses along drakeford drive; why waste money on a bridge, make the kids walk/ride the extra 500m to the underpass – you know, the ones built when adequate infrastructure was provided…

LOL Jezz :)

tonys 12:27 pm
01 Apr 12
#17

Gerry-Built said :

gooterz said :

Why build a bridge next to a superschool? why not an underpass like the rest of kambah!

There are already so many underpasses along drakeford drive; why waste money on a bridge, make the kids walk/ride the extra 500m to the underpass – you know, the ones built when adequate infrastructure was provided…

That’s not how a child’s mind operates, they’re not sensible, they’re not going to walk 500 metres to get across the road they’re going to run across the road nearest to their target. Another example of this is Melrose High and the southbund bus stop Athllon Drive, as kids we’d play chicken at that intersection without ever meaning to and not once did we think about the underpass a couple of hundred metres to the north.

yellowredme 1:02 pm
01 Apr 12
#18

Keeping with the theme of installing public art with no soul … I can’t figure out why they keep buying such cheap and nasty looking crap when there is some really good stuff out there. Everything they have installed on main roads of late doesnt inspire me, I dont look forward to driving past them, I just see them and wonder how much they cost and think how out of place they look.

milkman 3:05 pm
01 Apr 12
#19

Looks like crap, and is a waste of money. I guess nothing changes.

cranky 5:36 pm
01 Apr 12
#20

Just how much more money has the loathsome ex Chief Minister committed the local ratepayers to pay for yet to be revealed ‘artworks’?

Is there a fleet of (preferred) artists out there, beavering away on potentially millions of dollars worth of ‘art’, commissioned before himself took leave of the exchequer?

To be installed completely in secret at some future date?

We are being treated like fools, to satisfy the meglomaniac Sonic.

Thumper 5:57 pm
01 Apr 12
#21

Holy crap!

WTF is that!

Thoroughly Smashed 6:45 pm
01 Apr 12
#22

I like it.

It doesn’t look like it’s picked up any graffiti yet. Give it time…

gentoopenguin 10:25 pm
01 Apr 12
#23

Dilandach said :

Useless fact:

Its not an orgy of goldfish but the correct term is “A troubling of goldfish”.

There’s nothing troubling about an orgy, only when it happens on the side of a road in Kambah…

Ben_Dover 8:27 am
02 Apr 12
#24

We drove past this last night, what a hideous distraction.

R. Slicker 3:09 pm
02 Apr 12
#25

An interesting observation about Marconi Cres. When I was in high school in 1975 someone said there was an unofficial nude beach at Kambah Pool where action took place in the bushes. I took out the Canberra map and planned my bike trip there noting the streets I had to travel on.

Drakeford Drive/Tuggeranong Parkway came to a halt just over the hill and you had to turn right into a street with a long, unpronounceable Aboriginal name. When I arrived at the intersection I saw on the signposts that the name had been changed to Marconi Cres.

Those were the days before public art although I saw a lot of much nicer pubic art down at The Pool :P

pink little birdie 10:47 pm
02 Apr 12
#26

driving north at 10pm in the dark it the northern most on the west side one does look kind of like a goldfish. one 8 year olds make from an foam craft kit

Innovation 6:58 am
03 Apr 12
#27

Well done RIOTACT. You are now officially “an influential city blog” (http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/theres-something-fishy-about-this-moth-20120402-1w96q.html).

Oh and apparently they’re not gold fish. It is “it is a representation of one giant, fluttering bogong moth” unless the CT is two days late with this story.

Evil_Kitten 5:30 am
04 Apr 12
#28

I thought it was a lobster.

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