Art on Ice

(OKOBOJI)–An unusual “catch and release” fish will be created on the ice in northwest Iowa next month.

Artist and filmmaker Chad Branham is designing the project to bring together 200 people to create a 150-foot fish.

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The fish will be formed when people line up in Miller’s Bay at Iowa Lakeside Laboratory during the Okoboji Winter Games.

Green, black and blue-colored winter clothing is useful but Branham says warmth is essential. Fish “people parts” will be on the ice for up to an hour and a half to have the aerial photo taken.

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Branham has created a cardinal and dragonfly  for previous Artslive People projects. He and two young assistants create the design which he describes as a math problem.

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The temporary nature of the fish art on ice appeals to Branham’s creative style.

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To be part of the fish on Ice, people should meet at Vic’s Corner at 11 a-m January 29th. Cardinal photo (above) courtesy Judy Hemphill Photography. Fish art concept (below) by Chad Branham.