Fish statue.

The Great Fish

Field review by the editors.

Atlanta, Georgia

The Atlanta Fish Market is a popular seafood restaurant in the Buckhead section of Atlanta, easily found by hungry travelers, since it lies under the shadow of a giant leaping fish.

The Great Fish is 65 feet long from tail to snout (?), bronze in appearance, leaping from a tiny fountain next to the Fish Market. It was created in 1995, the 18" model rendered by Martin Dawe and the full-size version fashioned over six months by Randy Blain (with help from his son, Jason Blain).

The Great Fish is impressive, but buildings in the area diminish the sky-poking power other fish statues enjoy. It's hard to photograph at times, and any good scale view from across the street is crisscrossed with telephone lines.

There are a number of other interesting statues in the neighborhood. A few hundred yards west on either side of Pharr Road are twin metal Atlas statues. Over in Buckhead Triangle Park is a strange sculptural assemblage: a naked bronze man with an antlered buck head, sitting on a log entertaining small forest creatures.

The Great Fish

Address:
265 Pharr Rd NE, Atlanta, GA
Directions:
North side of the city. I-85 exit 87, then north on the Turner Parkway to exit 2, then west on Peachtree Rd, then left on Pharr Rd.
Phone:
404-262-3165
RA Rates:
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