Paola Pivi, ‘"I wish I am fish" Photography by Hugo Glendinning’, 2009, Perrotin

Eighty-four fish flew by plane over the Tasman Sea on 21 March, each travelling in a glass bowl on their own seat. The work was commissioned by Auckland Art Gallery curator Natasha Conland for the New Zealand-wide One Day Sculpture series of temporary public art works. Following a three hour flight, the plane touched down at Auckland International Airport to be greeted by a waiting audience. In order to meet the series’ 24-hour deadline, a video of the journey was then edited for projection onto the side of a building in Auckland’s Freyberg Place later the same night. A 16mm film also recorded in-flight will screen at Le Grand Café in St Nazaire, France in June.

Image rights: Photograph: Hugo GLENDINNING Courtesy Galerie Perrotin

About Paola Pivi

Best known for her series of whimsical, feather-covered bears, Paola Pivi seeks to reveal the power of imagination and freedom through her photographs and sculptures. Animals, often in bizarre or surreal settings, frequently figure into her work due to their associations with the human condition. She believes that every person holds a memory of a time when humans were closely connected with animals; as such, her viewers are represented within the animals. Pivi prefers not to read too much into her art, saying, “It is the art that is the interesting thing, and to elaborate on it just doesn’t serve any purpose for me.” Instead, Pivi simply creates extraordinary, improbable environments that resonate with the audience.

Italian, b. 1971, Milan, Italy, based in Anchorage, Alaska