2008.12.01 In the evening I pack a package. It's a box that is going to make
a very long journey, from Utrecht to Uruzgan.
What is Wild Art? Well,
Wild Art is fun and adventure. The formula is very simple: take a
painting, place it in a public
This time the project is extra adventurous
for I sent it straight
2008.12.15 A small message on my hyves page on internet acknowledges receipt of the fish in Kamp Holland.
Major DJ sends a picture, showing the fish on the wall of his room. What will happen next? I am so curious !
Questions that pop up are:
I hope I will receive some answers in the next couple of months!
Sooooo funny! Take a good look at the photo!
The fish is decorating one of the Aghaan trucks! Today, the fish
Major Dik-Jan wrote:
The artist from Amersfoort already
threatened to send me this wild art, but I never imagined to actually receive it
The pictures of the fish in different
spots show all kinds of art objects like the truck, the chemical toilet, the sea
Dear artist, you can be satisfied with
the art your piece of art encountered. Tonight it will stay in my armoured home
with Christmas lights,
Serious incidents happened here (you might have heard the in the media, so the fun part is over for now).
2008.12.25 Major Dik-Jan sends
another message: I handed
2008.12.30 Dutch Newspaper Volkskrant publishes an article about the journey so far.
2009.01.03 At 17:51 hours I receive
an e-mail message from Kamp Holland, this time from Emmelie, who works as an
"Hallo Anja! Here some pictures of your lovely painting in Afghanistan. It decorates the wall of our ECHOS Home over Christmas
(behind the tree) where I am sure it's having a great time. Next week I will give it to some Aussie's to take it with them to Australia.
I hope they do continue the project. Kind regards from Tarin Kowt! Emmelie
2009.01.08 Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad interviews the artist.
That same evening Radio Roulette FM
broadcasts an interview with the painter. Click the link and go to 14:15
2009.04.01 Finally, after months I receive a new message about the strange fish. It's from Colin, Australia:
My name is Colin and I live in Sydney, Australia. I was sent "Strange Fish" by
my friend Emmelie who I met in
The attached photos are from the Blue Mountains which lie about 2 hours west of
Sydney. The Blue Mountains
2009.04.05 Again I receive great news from Colin. It's so funny!
MEET The Newcastle Digger's Swimming Club.
My reaction to Colin:
HAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHHA Great pictures Colin ! I couldnít stop laughing. Youíre the best ! I thought nothing could beat the strange fish in Uruzgan, but you just proved that possible. Especially the veterans, adopting my fish (which of course is a little bit yours as well) is a great picture!
Really unbelievable the fish couldnít get off the blocks. Might
he have developed a fear of water whilst eating dust in the Afghaan dessert? Or
maybe he isnít water proof (please donít try).
2009.04.08 Colin took the fish to the beach, which was really a nice thing. He wrote:
Just some pictures of some of the beaches at Newcastle from the weekend. The fish looks like it was enjoying itself.....
located on the eastern seaboard of Australia at the mouth of the Hunter River.
Founded as a penal colony
Hope you like these.
My reaction to Colin: "YES Colin, I do like your photo's!"
What do we know about Patong Beach?
Well, I have visited Patong beach a long time ago, in 1990 with my
former boyfriend who unfortunately
Again we have to conclude: you have been a great host ! Anxious to hear
2009.08.18 Meet Plonker! Plonker is
not some criminal, but decided to cover his face on the photo. That's his
full right! Plonker climbed Mount Ramelau on East Timor.
Plonker's email message didn't receive me, but fortunately Colin also received a message. Colin writes:
I passed Strange Fish onto my mate Plonker who is attached to Falintil - Forsa Defesa Timor Leste (essentially East Timor Defence Force) at Baucau East Timor.
He forwarded me this picture and was going to send it through to you. I checked your website and didn't see it so I thought I would send you the picture just in case.
I have also provided a little backgound about Baucau for you:
is situated 129 kilometres east of Dili and is the second largest district in
Timor Leste with a population of 104, 571.
He (Plonker) has more photos planned to be taken before the little fella is passed onto the Seppos. Hope you're having a great day.
Thank you so much Colin! And Plonker: do send more pictures, will you? Kind regards, Anja
- The United States of America !
Our little friend is already travelling the world for over a year. Much to my surprise today I received this small chat message on my Facebookpage, stating the American Navy brought our little friend to a new continent.
Who'd expected this?
2013.10.19 - Timor Leste