Throwback: Something Fishy

Shane Hollar and Jeff Meade from Shawnee United Methodist in Lima, Ohio designed these “fish sticks”. (Originally posted March 2011)

Inspired by I Dream of Rain, they took 4′ x 8′ pieces of 1/4″ plywood, painted them white, and cut them into 8′ x 2″ pieces. They laid the pieces out on the floor, spaced them 1″ apart and taped them to the floor so they could draw the design.

Then they cut the pieces and laid them out again on the floor. They drilled 2 holes in each end of the 344 sticks and tied the pieces 2″ apart for the “waves” and 6″ apart for the fish. Then they hung 2″ x 4″s across the ceiling of the back wall with brackets and brad nailed each strip to the 2″ x 4″. They anchored the bottom to keep from twisting with 8′ x 2″ pieces brad nailed to the bottom.

Finally they shined 6 LED bars across the bottom to light it up.

4 responses to Throwback: Something Fishy

  1. This is awesome! Love it! How long did it take to construct this?

    • Hey Seth!
      Well it felt like forever! There were 3 of us working together and my guess is it took about 40 hours, so 120 man (& woman :) hours. We had a couple people stop in for an hour here or there to help tie the pieces before we hung them which helped. But because the pieces were in such a specific order we couldn’t have too many people working at the same time. Once we had it laid out on the floor, cut and pieces tied, hanging them was the quick part.

  2. What kind of LED lighting did you use and where did you purchase?

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