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Flying Fish

Artist:

David Tonnesen

Location:

 

Neighborhood:

South Boston

Type:

Architectural Element and Sculpture

Year:

Medium:

Stainless steel

Collection:

Private property (Legal Seafoods)

Funders:

Legal Seafood

Description:

The so-called “Flying Fish” that sits on top of Legal Sea Food’s headquarters is really the abstract rendition of a New England cod. Twenty-eight feet tall and forty-five feet long the artwork is visible from the harbor, and serves boaters not only as a landmark, but as a weather station, too. The fish’s eight scales rotate to show wind direction, and the lights in its thirty-inch eye changes colors to show wind force as measured by the Marine Beaufort Scale. The fish is the creation of sculptor and lighting designer David Tonnesen.

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