Silver Darlings (Herrings)

Silver Darlings were known as the ‘king’ of fish, providing an abundant supply of food every autumn from as far back as Norman times. Their decline came about around the early 1900s due to a change in fishing techniques which resulted in overfishing. The Herring industry collapsed, fishermen lost their livelihood and a source of seasonal food virtually disappeared for years. Fortunately for us, the Silver Darlings are back.

This sculpture has been formed by burning out real Herrings in a kiln and then pouring bronze into the space left, it has resulted in the fish bronzes looking cooked. A hint at why they disappeared, despite that fact that they are depicted as still swimming in the sea as a shoal.