The Catch, London
The Catch landmark sculpture, its image now a 2012 Olympic symbol, is a 9 meter high sculpture which was realised from concept images by artist Loraine Leeson of Cspace. Located on a roundabout in Barking and Dagenham, the fish symbolise the heritage of fishing in Barking; they celebrate the fact that Barking Creek used to be the place where the herrings were landed by the main fishing fleet for London. The Celtic knot pattern of the net refers to the early settlement of the Danes in the area.
The net is made in rolled aluminium and the fish are made of segments of epoxy resin which allow them to move on the central rubber spine in the wind. Local students and schoolchildren participated in its creation, and it is intended to inspire plans for regeneration and hope for the future. Little now remains of Barking’s maritime and fishing industries, but strategic links are planned between the town centre and the Roding to improve access to the historic riverside.
After nearly 14 years, the moving fish have had to be replaced on the Catch Sculpture in Barking and Dagenham. Anne Thorne Architects has designed and commissioned the making of 32 stainless steel, meter long fishes, which are articulated so that they are able to move. The fish will be installed on the 9m masts at the Longbridge roundabout in Barking and Dagenham at the beginning of September 2016.