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Man with a Fish Head.

Man With A Fish Head

Field review by the editors.

Batavia, Illinois

Officially titled "From the Waters Comes My Bounty," it's a seven-foot-tall bronze fisherman, draped in nets, carrying some fish and wearing the biggest fish as a hat. It was made by local sculptor Ray Kobald, who said he got the idea during a trip overseas when he saw a man who had gutted a large fish and was wearing it like a helmet, or a chief's headdress. Kobald deliberately designed the sculpture so that the man's head is invisible except from the front. From any other angle, he looks like a half-man, half-fish.

The statue stands a quarter mile south of Depot Pond, a spot on the Fox River known for its Crappie fishing -- although no Crappie ever caught has been anywhere near as big as the one on this guy's head.

Man With A Fish Head

155 Houston St., Batavia, IL
On the north side of Houston St., just east of the Batavia Depot Museum. Not visible from the street; you have to park and walk down to the water.
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