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Comm Games – The Fish

The 72 giant fish sculptures down the Yarra River became the icon of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.

If you were in Melbourne in 2006, it is almost certain you will remember “The Fish”.

Keith Tucker as Creative Director and Megafun as production company were engaged to conceive, produce and deliver all of the non-stadium elements of the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, which led to the creation and subsequent incredible success of the Fish sculptures down the length of the Yarra River from Princes Bridge to Swan Street.

As part of the overall opening ceremony, The Fish formed a spectacular bridge for the arrival of the Games Baton in conjuction with the events in the MCG.

Developed with with a team of highly skilled designers and artists, The Fish and a cast and crew of over 500 people and a flotilla of craft larger than had ever been seen on the river before, performed to over 100,000 people and played a key role in the international television broadcast to over 1.5 billion viewers.

The Fish, along with their 250 moving lights, 35 fountains and commissioned soundtrack went on to become an integral part of the Games, performing four times every night and becoming a magical centrepiece for the city.

Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games
Where & When
Yarra River, Melbourne, 2006
Events, Public Art
Creative Direction
Technical Direction
Operations Direction
Stage Management