Parys artist and photographer, Deon TerBlanche has taken on the plight of illegal netting of the Vaal/Orange Small Mouth Yellow Fish in the Vaal River System by creating an installation depicting a yellow fish, to bring awareness to the cause.
The installation was constructed from local Parys granite and wire. The sheer size of the installation makes this an engineering feat as it measures 7 metres x 1.5 metres. Ninety-plus rocks are suspended mid-air, above the water level, weighing approximately more than 350 kilograms, mounted between the pillars of the provincial bridge connecting the Free State and the North West Province.
The piece was placed to be visible from other lookout points as far as 500 metres away and completed over a period of four days by the artist and two assistants at Egweni River Lodge, a popular tourist spot on the banks of the Vaal River.
Parys artist and photographer, Deon TerBlanche has taken on the plight of illegal netting of the Vaal/Orange Small Mouth Yellow Fish.
Illegal netting is implied by a multitude of wires that haphazardly criss-cross around the fish exactly as an unlawful net would. Depending on the time of day the piece looks completely different.
"The unlawful netting wires only start to catch the light after three in the afternoon. To me, early morning around 8am is the best time to visit. When I was there early this morning, the piece was blessed by a flight of swallows. It was breathtaking to observe them swarming around and through the stones as if they were not even there!" – Deon TerBlanche, artist & photographer