Four Thousand Fish
Hickson Road, Barangaroo, NSW, 2000, Australia
13th January 2018 to 20th January 2018
In 1790 British colonists hauled in an excessive four thousand fish in one day, disrupting the delicate ecosystem that the accomplished Aboriginal fisherwomen of Warrane (Sydney Harbour) had preserved for millennia, and undermining the women’s status as the main food providers for family and community. Join them at this large scale art installation to celebrate fisherwoman Barangaroo, the influential and resilient Cammeraygal woman after whom the place is named. On 10 special days across the Festival, Four Thousand Fish invites you to visit Nawi Cove and create your own frozen fish using sea water and a cast mould. Across each weekend of the Festival, you can help return the ice sculptures to an artist’s modern interpretation of a traditional nawi (bark canoe) with a fire lit inside, where the heat and the setting sun will slowly melt and return the frozen fish to the Harbour. The nawi fire installation without the ice fish sculptures can be seen every day during the Festival between 7pm-10pm. However, to take part in the returning of the fish, they suggest scheduling your visit to coincide with sunset on a Saturday or Sunday.