River of Fish
This project was to raise awareness of the plight of the Atlantic Salmon. We worked closely with the River Dee Trust who have an educational programme in local primary schools. We visited 4 primary schools where children used clay to make life-sized 'parr' - salmon in one of the earlier stages of their lifecycle.
Local artists were invited to decorate larger salmon, bars of silver, for sponsors of the project.
Helen made a willow 'whopper', which we adorned with ceramic scales made in community workshops.
Classes at Heckleburn for adults gave people the chance to learn about the anatomy, physiology and life-cycle of the salmon, and to make their own ceramic 'smolt'.
Installation on tour
The installation of over 230 ceramic salmon opened at Banchory Lodge Hotel and swam around Deeside for the summer, resting at Balmoral , Braemar Castle, The Barn and finally at Heckleburn.
The fish were auctioned for charity at the end of the project.