Separate to our judged awards, we opened our shortlisted projects to a popular vote. Our GAGA shortlist includes a wide variety of projects ranging from intricate sculptures to major infrastructure projects.
The 2020 winner is Friarton Fish by Louise Wilson. Friarton Fish represents a recycled steel public art commission by the charity Beautiful Perth and Perth and Kinross Council as part of the 2019 RHS Britain in Bloom competition entry.
The brief was to design a recycled metal fish which could be used to put plastic bottles into for school and community groups to use when making a visit to the Web Walk Centre and to raise awareness of plastic pollution in lakes, rivers and oceans, its effects on marine life and to demonstrate what can be made from discarded metal objects.
The functional sculpture was made from scrap galvanised steel and a variety of other scrap metal objects including an animal feeder, two trampolines, a bed frame, food mixer, part of a washing machine, garden fencing and wire mesh.
This is the first metal public artwork has produced and hopes it will be the first of many.
The project took two weeks to produce from initial ideas and sourcing the materials to adding the finishing touches and making it a functional public artwork.
The materials were sourced from finding scrap metal lying around in rural areas close to where the artist lives. Louise Wilson certain challenges during the project which included using a new medium and learning how to cut and bolt metal together to create the shapes and sculptural forms.