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Farewell to the Fish

25 Mar 06 01:05
The fish will light up the Yarra for the last time on Saturday nigt at 8pm, 9pm, 10pm and 11pm.

The fish will light up the Yarra for the last time on Saturday night at 8pm, 9pm, 10pm and 11pm.

The 72 illuminated fish will light up the Yarra River with their spectacular sound and light show for the last time tonight. 

Saturday evening is the last night people can see the free River Event. The water creatures will be lit up on Sunday night but there will not be a nightly show.

They will be dismantled on Monday and disappear from their temporary home on the Yarra River on Tuesday.

Keith Tucker, River Event Creative Producer, said today he hoped that they would all find appropriate homes, perhaps with city councils that have 'adopted' a Commonwealth country, but the final decision about their fate won't be made until after the Games by Government, Council and Games management.

The farewell sound-and-light shows, which each last about 10 minutes, will take place tonight at 8pm, 9pm, 10pm and the final 'swansong' at 11pm.

The show can be seen clearly from any point along either bank of the River between and including Princes Bridge and Swan Street Bridge.

Animated with over 360 high-tech moving lights, and 180 sprays and plumes of water, the fish make an illuminated fountain that spans more than 800 metres down the centre of the river and moves 36,000 litres of water.

Attracting thousands of Melburnians and visitors to the banks of the Yarra River every day, including 200,000 during the Opening Ceremony, these water creatures have attracted local and tourist attention.

"We've had more than 50 expressions of interest for the fish, from a variety of sources including city councils, Opening Ceremony participants, the Melbourne Museum and individuals", Keith Tucker said.

The water creatures were constructed by a team that consisted of more than 30 designers, artists and fabricators, a total workforce of 400. It took a year to complete the whole project before they were installed along the river, and they have been maintained around the clock by a team of 10 for the past six weeks. 

"The concept was to have a spectacle for Melbourne, to create a link with each participating Commonwealth country, and to celebrate with something a little quirky," Tucker said.

"We wanted to use the whole River. It's the first time an Opening Ceremony has gone beyond the borders of the stadium and it was really appreciated by all," he said. 

- Stefanie Pearce, M2006 Online Reporter

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