Want your own piece of the Dippy exhibition? Here's your chance

Incredible fish sculpture by Mark Reed at Norwich cathedral. The sculpture encourages us all to thin

Incredible fish sculpture by Mark Reed at Norwich cathedral. The sculpture encourages us all to think about the importance of water through the ages, from the time of dinosaurs right through to the modern day. Pictures: Brittany Woodman - Credit: Brittany Woodman

The sculptor behind an immersive, iridescent wave made of 2,600 stainless steel fish is selling each of them off for charity, and inviting the public to come and grab theirs before it's too late.

Mark Reed's Your Waves Go Over Me sculpture inside Norwich Cathedral — which consists of individually painted marine grade steel fish — has proved a hit all summer long, attracting more than 100,000 visitors.

It featured as part of the Dippy on Tour exhibition, A Natural History Adventure, and invites the viewer to walk through a 10-metre wave, sparking conversations about the planet and how it can be protected for future generations.

Dippy enjoying a quiet moment alone in the nave of Norwich Cathedral. Photograph: Norwich Cathedral/

Dippy enjoying a quiet moment alone in the nave of Norwich Cathedral. - Credit: Norwich Cathedral/Bill Smith

Dippy enjoying a quiet moment alone in the nave of Norwich Cathedral. Photograph: Norwich Cathedral/

Dippy enjoying a quiet moment alone in the nave of Norwich Cathedral. - Credit: Norwich Cathedral/Bill Smith

Incredible fish sculpture by Mark Reed at Norwich cathedral. Mark Reed with son Finlay and wife Hele

Incredible fish sculpture by Mark Reed at Norwich cathedral. Mark Reed with son Finlay and wife Helen - Credit: Brittany Woodman

Mr Reed said the idea behind it was to show people the power of water — and the force of climate change.

The Norfolk-born artist explained: "I saw the sculpture as a way to take in the cathedral.

"You have the religious and ancient symbolism of the fish, but also the importance of water — because without water absolutely nothing would exist. Neither us nor Dippy.

"But water, while having a regenerative force, also has a destructive side. 

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"Just think how easily it can snuff life out with tsunamis and other extreme weather events."

Incredible fish sculpture by Mark Reed at Norwich cathedral. Mark Reed with the sculpture. Pictures:

Incredible fish sculpture by Mark Reed at Norwich cathedral. Mark Reed with the sculpture. Pictures: Brittany Woodman - Credit: Brittany Woodman

Opening on July 13, and wrapping up on October 30, Mark's wife Hannah said visitors were welcome to come along to the cathedral and place a little "red dot" on a fish of their choice.

When the exhibition ends, the fishes will be sent out to the person who bought them — with all the money going towards Norwich Cathedral Charities. 

Ms Reed said: "Initially, the funding which the cathedral wanted to commission the exhibition from Mark fell through.

Incredible fish sculpture by Mark Reed at Norwich cathedral. The sculpture encourages us all to thin

Incredible fish sculpture by Mark Reed at Norwich cathedral. The sculpture encourages us all to think about the importance of water through the ages, from the time of dinosaurs right through to the modern day. Pictures: Brittany Woodman - Credit: Brittany Woodman

"But because Mark has never exhibited a sculpture in Norfolk before, his home county, we decided to self-fund it and recuperate the costs by selling off the spare fish.

"Once those were met, we began selling the rest of the fish for charity. So far we've raised thousands of pounds.

"I've seen people genuinely moved to tears by the sculpture. 

"It's been such a brilliant and unique experience to see people from all walks of life react to it like that."

Incredible fish sculpture by Mark Reed at Norwich cathedral. Some of the fish that make up the sculp

Incredible fish sculpture by Mark Reed at Norwich cathedral. Some of the fish that make up the sculpture. Pictures: Brittany Woodman - Credit: Brittany Woodman

Fancy buying a fish? Visit wavewithfish.com.

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