The Temple Terrace Arts Council invited the public to view its second installation of Fish on a Fence, a public art project now on display outside the tennis courts, on left side of the entrance to The Family Recreation Complex, 6610 Whiteway Drive, Temple Terrace, 33617.
The sixty-seven fish, crafted from exterior grade plywood slathered with two coats of primer, were beautified with colorful exterior latex paint by sixty local artists and art lovers in October 2016. After receiving a coat of UV protective varnish, the fish were given a permanent home on the fence outside the city’s Leisure Services headquarters where they can be enjoyed, free of charge, by everyone.
Ward-Mitchell Civil Trial Attorneys are major sponsors of the project, and the Temple Terrace Preservation Society donated the wood.
Fish on a Fence, the brain child of Temple Terrace Arts Council President Cheri
Donohue, was created in support of the Arts Council’s mishttps://www.templeterraceartscouncil.org/wp-admin/post-new.phpsion to bring art and art education to the community and beyond.
“The first fish painting party, which was hosted in 2014, received wonderful enthusiasm and support,” says Donohue. “People kept asking when the next one would be because they already had ideas for how they would paint a fish. This latest school of fish isn’t just covered in paint, you will find glitter, stones, even beads and metal.” And speaking of schools, the first installation of seventy-six fish can be found on the chain link fence at Greco Middle School, 6925 E. Fowler Avenue, next to the sports track on Gillette.
The name Fish on a Fence was determined by results of a survey at the Temple Terrace Arts & Crafts Festival in November 2014.
Will there be more fish painting projects in the future? Yes, replied the Temple Terrace Arts Council, there are plans for more fish, along with a number of new public art projects. Stay tuned.