Bits of old tin roof from the Cathedral in Hamilton are now a huge fish sculpture outside Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo.

Called The Grouper, the copper sculpture was created by local artist Will Collieson, as a way to link Bermuda’s cultural heritage, natural environment and business community. The sculpture is a joint project between BAMZ, the Bermuda Zoological Society (BZS), Bermuda Electric Light Company Limited (BELCO) and the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, and had its humble beginnings as a float for a rained out May 24 parade.

The vision for the sculpture started in 2001 when BAMZ & BZS entered a 16-foot grouper float made from papier maché, chicken wire and local flora in the Bermuda Day Parade.

That year, the parade was rained out, but the float was put on display in front of BAMZ and became a hit with employees, island residents and visitors.

Around the same time, the Cathedral was preparing to install a new copper roof and disposing of the old copper. BELCO provided funding, so that BAMZ could obtain copper from the Cathedral to turn the parade float into a permanent sculpture.

Now the sculpture, which will eventually become part of a fountain, permanently sits in front of the Aquarium building for passersby to see.

Dr. Ian Walker, BAMZ Curator, said in a press release: “The Grouper stands at our entrance as a symbol of Bermuda’s biodiversity, as well as a symbol of the community spirit that makes Bermuda such a special place.

“We are certain ‘The Grouper’, which has been so beautifully constructed by Will Collieson, will become an important landmark in which the whole community will take pride. We’re very grateful to the Cathedral and BELCO for making this possible.”

BELCO President and Chief Executive Officer Garry A. Madeiros added, “BELCO is very proud to have participated in this unique project because, which truly symbolizes the power of partnership in the Bermuda community.”