M2006 FISH HEADS
M2006 FISH HEADS

A detail of the Mothers Art workshop with some raw state fish heads in the foreground which are being prepared for assembly.

 A typical design cover sheet for the hammerhead. Each aquatic creature was allocated to a country (in this case strangely Norfolk Island ), a place in the parade: The   B32L  code is read as  Barge 32 left hand . A note (Peter Wilson's handwriting) and initial on the lower left denotes the drawing is suitable for manufacture. The drawing showing basic dimensions and notes depicting material types. The clear folder containing all of the notespertaining to the creature and the country, resided on the production room wall with the other 70 folders.

A typical design cover sheet for the hammerhead. Each aquatic creature was allocated to a country (in this case strangely Norfolk Island ), a place in the parade: The  B32L code is read as Barge 32 left hand. A note (Peter Wilson's handwriting) and initial on the lower left denotes the drawing is suitable for manufacture. The drawing showing basic dimensions and notes depicting material types. The clear folder containing all of the notespertaining to the creature and the country, resided on the production room wall with the other 70 folders.

THE SUSHI LINE
THE SUSHI LINE

Ian Bracegirdle in the foreground with a section of the fish assembly line, affectionately known as the "sushi-line" in the Mothers Art workshop, Spotswood December 2005.

WAHOO BERMUDA
WAHOO BERMUDA

 Each of the seventy one competing nations in the Commonwealth Games were represented by a single aquatic creature. After extensive research by resident ictheologists and illustrators including Graeme McGuffie each nation was consulted as to the relevance and appropriateness of "their" representative fish. Once accepted the distinguishing features of the fish were adapted for representation in various metals and steel meshes that would catch the light, through reflection, translucence and diffusion.

PAKISTAN BAT RAY
PAKISTAN BAT RAY

One of the more challenging aquatic creatures. Most of the fish were able to be stylised for cost reasons into three basic body shapes and a similar number of head types. However the Bat Ray pictured here along with others such as the prawn (cooked for one nameless  country), the whale and the various Eels including the  Yarra River Eel representing Australia were called "specials" and had to be constructed as bespoke forms.

M2006 LIGHTING AND WATER EFFECTS
M2006 LIGHTING AND WATER EFFECTS

The barges supporting the aquatic creatures were in themselves a complex structure that provided for a fireproof housing for technicians under a staircase for performers. From the deck of the barge there were mounts for water cannon, fireworks and lighting. The latter had to be inclosed in a clear waterproof dome that allowed the heat from  pre-LED lighting to escape. The lighting on board and the strobe projection effects and gobos were designed after a series of tests at the  Mothers Art workshop and at Burnley turning basin. Ian Bracegirdle, Peter Wilson,Keith Tucker and  lighting designer Phil Lethlean evolved both the materials and the lighting techniques to achieve what the  up to 1.8 billion audience saw on opening night.

M2006 AQUATIC CREATURES BY DAY
M2006 AQUATIC CREATURES BY DAY

Some of the Aquatic creatures by day in the lad up to opening night. the complete line of sculptures and flag barges commenced  at Princes Bridge in St Kilda Road and finished at Swan Street bridge approximately 1.4 kilometres in length

THE RIVER OPENING CEREMONY
THE RIVER OPENING CEREMONY

The seventy two creatures during the opening performance. The opening sequence to the orchestrated version of Steve Kilby's"Under the Milky way"  was repeated each night for the duration of the Games"

M2006 GOBO AND LIGHTING EFFECTS
M2006 GOBO AND LIGHTING EFFECTS

 Projections from the Yarra River banks on to the fish and water cannon fog were tuned to the music score and action on the barges.

M2006 FIREWORKS SEQUENCES
M2006 FIREWORKS SEQUENCES

The opening performance each night closed with fireworks which were launched from surrounding buildings as well as the creature barges.

M2006 FISH HEADS
 A typical design cover sheet for the hammerhead. Each aquatic creature was allocated to a country (in this case strangely Norfolk Island ), a place in the parade: The   B32L  code is read as  Barge 32 left hand . A note (Peter Wilson's handwriting) and initial on the lower left denotes the drawing is suitable for manufacture. The drawing showing basic dimensions and notes depicting material types. The clear folder containing all of the notespertaining to the creature and the country, resided on the production room wall with the other 70 folders.
THE SUSHI LINE
WAHOO BERMUDA
PAKISTAN BAT RAY
M2006 LIGHTING AND WATER EFFECTS
M2006 AQUATIC CREATURES BY DAY
THE RIVER OPENING CEREMONY
M2006 GOBO AND LIGHTING EFFECTS
M2006 FIREWORKS SEQUENCES
M2006 FISH HEADS

A detail of the Mothers Art workshop with some raw state fish heads in the foreground which are being prepared for assembly.

A typical design cover sheet for the hammerhead. Each aquatic creature was allocated to a country (in this case strangely Norfolk Island ), a place in the parade: The  B32L code is read as Barge 32 left hand. A note (Peter Wilson's handwriting) and initial on the lower left denotes the drawing is suitable for manufacture. The drawing showing basic dimensions and notes depicting material types. The clear folder containing all of the notespertaining to the creature and the country, resided on the production room wall with the other 70 folders.

THE SUSHI LINE

Ian Bracegirdle in the foreground with a section of the fish assembly line, affectionately known as the "sushi-line" in the Mothers Art workshop, Spotswood December 2005.

WAHOO BERMUDA

 Each of the seventy one competing nations in the Commonwealth Games were represented by a single aquatic creature. After extensive research by resident ictheologists and illustrators including Graeme McGuffie each nation was consulted as to the relevance and appropriateness of "their" representative fish. Once accepted the distinguishing features of the fish were adapted for representation in various metals and steel meshes that would catch the light, through reflection, translucence and diffusion.

PAKISTAN BAT RAY

One of the more challenging aquatic creatures. Most of the fish were able to be stylised for cost reasons into three basic body shapes and a similar number of head types. However the Bat Ray pictured here along with others such as the prawn (cooked for one nameless  country), the whale and the various Eels including the  Yarra River Eel representing Australia were called "specials" and had to be constructed as bespoke forms.

M2006 LIGHTING AND WATER EFFECTS

The barges supporting the aquatic creatures were in themselves a complex structure that provided for a fireproof housing for technicians under a staircase for performers. From the deck of the barge there were mounts for water cannon, fireworks and lighting. The latter had to be inclosed in a clear waterproof dome that allowed the heat from  pre-LED lighting to escape. The lighting on board and the strobe projection effects and gobos were designed after a series of tests at the  Mothers Art workshop and at Burnley turning basin. Ian Bracegirdle, Peter Wilson,Keith Tucker and  lighting designer Phil Lethlean evolved both the materials and the lighting techniques to achieve what the  up to 1.8 billion audience saw on opening night.

M2006 AQUATIC CREATURES BY DAY

Some of the Aquatic creatures by day in the lad up to opening night. the complete line of sculptures and flag barges commenced  at Princes Bridge in St Kilda Road and finished at Swan Street bridge approximately 1.4 kilometres in length

THE RIVER OPENING CEREMONY

The seventy two creatures during the opening performance. The opening sequence to the orchestrated version of Steve Kilby's"Under the Milky way"  was repeated each night for the duration of the Games"

M2006 GOBO AND LIGHTING EFFECTS

 Projections from the Yarra River banks on to the fish and water cannon fog were tuned to the music score and action on the barges.

M2006 FIREWORKS SEQUENCES

The opening performance each night closed with fireworks which were launched from surrounding buildings as well as the creature barges.

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