The Big Fish, Belfast – “Beached On The Weir”
This is the fifth of 8 pieces of artwork for Ten Square Hotel, Belfast, as well as Chimney Corner Hotel, Templepatrick. This is another piece featuring a public art installation, which in this case it is a big blue fish. It is located on Donegall Quay, beside the Lagan Weir (Lagan Lookout). It was created by John Kindness in 1999. The Big Fish is a salmon over 10ft long and made up of ceramic tiles. The tiles contain text and photos documenting Belfast’s history.
The name for this piece derives from the way in which the fish sits at the side of the weir. It’s almost as thought someone shouted freeze as the fish was leaping out of the water. A leap to carry it over the weir, but instead left it belly-flopped on top.