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Photo Gallery: Grosse Pointe Perch Unveiled

Hundreds of Grosse Pointers walked the grounds of the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Wednesday for the first look at the artist-decorated Grosse Pointe Perch.

Hundreds of Grosse Pointers, maybe even thousands, perused the artist-decorated Wednesday getting the first look at the fish that will dot the streets of the five communities beginning next week.

The 51 Perch were sponsored by various local businesses and families and then decorated by professional artists. The project launched by the G is intended to draw people to the five communities to not only see the works of art but also to frequent the many businesses here.

In October, the fish will make their way to the where they will be auctioned off to benefit , which is behind Cottage Medical Center.

The themes of the fish varied widely. Some were fitting of the businesses that sponsored them while others were more about Michigan or Grosse Pointe. Others had a fish or water theme.

Among them was . The community decorated tiles that were used to cover the Perch's body and small clay fish that were secured to the base.

The fish lined a stone walkway on the grounds of the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Wednesday night. It is the only time all of the completed fish were able to be seen in one location.

Many attendees took pictures of themselves or their children posing with certain fish. Crafts for children, food and drinks as well as a raffle were offered. Additionally, the attendees were asked to vote for their favorite fish for the People's Choice Award.

They will remain at the Ford House throughout the weekend and then be moved to various locations throughout the Grosse Pointes. According to a map handed out at the entrance Wednesday, the heaviest concentration of the perch will be along Mack and Kercheval avenues.

Angela Gabridge July 12, 2012 at 11:33 AM
There were nearly 1500 attendees who signed in, plus many more who missed signing the guestbook on the way in. Thanks Grosse Pointers for the fantastic support of this event!
Kathy Abke July 12, 2012 at 12:12 PM
We did not sign in, so add 4 more to your count! I agree, there was tremendous attendance. We enjoyed experiencing all the creations! Some were incredibly clever. Can't wait to find them around town in the coming months.
Frog Princess July 12, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Great fun last night; my thanks to all responsible for it.
John Bartkowicz July 12, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Whoops. Missed the sign-in. I'm sure the people's choice vote tallies were higher than 1500.
John Hetzler (Editor) July 12, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Wow! The Perch look great. Congrats to all the artists.
MICHELLE July 12, 2012 at 02:10 PM
SOC Services for Older Citizens is the best,serviced 9,000 seniors last year out of 11,000. Home improvements, meals on wheels, trips, escorts to Doctors etc help support SOC and our new future home at the Newberry House.
Eric Kam July 12, 2012 at 02:27 PM
great night out. Always nice to drop by the E&E Ford House and take a stroll. I have even more pictures up in my blog. http://ow.ly/cbWIg http://ow.ly/cbWXZ I, StringGirl, and Amber along with the KamGrrls look forward to seeing them around town.
Clare Pfeiffer Ramsey July 12, 2012 at 03:27 PM
These are awesome. My favorite is No. 44, Fish and Chips. Very cool.
Debbie Lipski Cottrell July 13, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Where can I find a list with the locations of all 51 fish?

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