Mackerel School

Complex, teamwork, together, school.


60" wide x 25" tall x 12" deep


This mackerel school sculpture was fun to create! It was a unique challenge to create many fish in groupings look like individual fish. I achieved this by essentially drawing fish with grinders and heat patinas.

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Stainless steel mackerel school sculpture
Artist Aiden Dale with mackerel school sculpture!
Close up of metal mackerel school sculpture
Full sculpture with marlin and mackerel school!

I made a few different groups with anywhere from 2 to 7 fish and bent them so they would be overlapping and emerging from behind other groups to try and capture movement and life. And with the fish that were connected to each other I achieved depth by carefully grinding the details to create the illusion of may overlapping fish when in reality they are on the same flat piece of metal. Then once welded together I added individual stand alone fish to the parts of the sculpture that had a gap or needed a bit more movement. this final touch really brought it to life. I even decided to create a couple separate individual mackerel to hang slightly in front or off to the side of the main school to really drive the point home that they could all be separate fish! I was unsure if it would end up reading correctly when complete but am quite happy with the final result! 

This metal mackerel school sculpture is wall hanging, made entirely of stainless steel, colored using only heat patinas and is safe to be kept outdoors!