Frank Gehry is dubbed the most important architect of our age (Vanity Fair labelled him so) and his incredible works such as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao or Dancing House in Prague are know to any art/architecture admirers, with his style instantly recognizable in whichever of his works you wound stumble upon (now, that is not a good word, since his works are usually gigantic and impressive).
The architect represents the Deconstructivism trend, which aunt Wikipedia explains, is often referred to as post-structuralist in nature for its ability to go beyond current modalities of structural definition. Would you, looking at his monumental, titanium-covered buildings, say that the famous architect is actually, in his own words, “inspired by fish”? You wouldn’t expect that. And although Gehry claims “It was by accident I got into the fish image” he admits ” […] I started drawing fish in my sketchbook, and then I started to realize that there was something in it.” (read the whole story here).
Gehry’s most famous fish was the gigantic Fish at the Olympic Marina in Barcelona, Spain. It was placed by two new hotels in 1992, while Barcelona was transforming its seafront before the Olympics. The animal is 56 metres long and 35 metres high and seems to be longing to jump into the blue waters of the Mediterranean. The sculpture was made from intertwining gilded stainless steel strips supported by a metal structure, its gentle, subtle form marked by its intense gold colour. The interplay between the rays of the sun and skin creates the impression of scales, depending on the intensity of the light, and accentuates the organic form of this vast sculpture.
And here’s how I saw the Fish (or Peix for the Catalan people) during my holiday this year:
However, the artist returned to his inspiration recently – in slightly smaller version. Back in January of this year he unveiled this striking series of fish lamps at Gagosian Beverly Hills Gallery (L.A.) and later in Paris. The glowing fish are constructed from jagged scales of ColorCore formica mounted on a wireframe and are an extension of a series of similar lights first built between 1984 and 1986. The story goes that while working on a commission for Formica back in the 80s Gehry dropped a piece of ColorCore which shattered, inspiring the idea of fish scales. Below is just a choice, you can see more views over at Gagosian and on Flickr.