Glass Fish Lamp

Floor Lamp
Date of appearance: 1981
Designer: Frank Gehry


Frank Gehry B.1929 GLASS FISH LAMP signed Glass, silicon, plastic, wood, sheet metal and electrical lamp fixtures Lamp: 24 by 20 by 11 in.; 61 by 50.8 by 27.9 cm. Base: 55 by 17 1/2 by 17 1/2 in.; 139.7 by 44.6 by 44.6 cm. Produced by New City Editions, Venice, California in an Edition of 12. ATALOGUE NOTE The theme of the fish appeared in Frank Gehry's work in a 1981 exhibition called "Collaboration." In this exhibition, Gehry and sculptor Richard Serra proposed a giant fish holding up one end of a bridge and the Chrysler building holding up the other. Since then, fish have reappeared in various projects and in various mediums such as paper, glass and formica. Gehry, whose astrological sign is Pisces, has here introduced the fish as a new element in his work and a vehicle towards greater artistic expression. Peter Lewis kept this work in his office. In a letter sent to the artist on June 20, 1988, Lewis writes: "The fish is in my new office. I look at it all day long. I love your fish, I really do. People sneak up to my door to see it. I had a glorious experience the first day I was in the office with the fish. I worked until the sun had set. I'd been concentrating on my desk. I looked up and the lit-up fish EXPLODED. It was even more beautiful."

Glass Fish Lamp
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