Design for a model of an eel by Andrew Thilby of Mothers Art Productions. The model was used to show Andrew Walsh, Director of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony, the concept for the River Show portion of the event. After Ian Bracegirdle and Keith Tucker abandoned their concept for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games 'River Show' based around leaves, they had another idea. They decided to make a series of sculptures which depicted each country in the Commonwealth as a fish. The eel was created to show the what the 'fish' representing Australia would look like.

This paper sketch shows the evolution of the design for the sculpture of the Shortfinned Eel, the marine creature chosen to represent Australia in the River Show presented on the Yarra River during the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. A second piece of paper has been taped to the original piece, to allow for a partial change to the shape of the eel. The eel is significant because the designers felt considerable pressure to 'get it right' because it was representing Australia and they felt the audience would have particularly strong feelings about the appearance of 'their' fish.

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White a$ paper with pen and ink drawing.

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