Fish Forms: Lamps by Frank Gehry

As part of a design competition sponsored by the Formica Company, internationally renowned architect Frank Gehry created a series of lamps based on the form of a fish which had become something of a personal icon for him. A selection of Gehry’s colorful and luminous lamps will be on view in this exhibition that will also explore the significance of fish imagery in the architect’s work.

Art Exhibition previously on at The Jewish Museum in United States.
From Sunday 29 August 2010 to Sunday 31 October 2010

Published by anonymous on Tuesday 18 May 2010.
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In 1983, the Formica Company initiated a competition for designers to use a new material called Colorcore. Frank Gehry thought it might make an interesting lamp and when he accidentally broke a piece of the material it reminded him of a fish scale. Fish are a personal icon for the architect who remembers live carp in the bathtub at his grandmother’s house in Toronto where they were fated to become gefilte fish for the sabbath. A representative selection of the nearly 3 dozen lamps produced by New City Editions lamps will be on view, including Fish Lamp (1990) from The Jewish Museum’s collection.

Born in 1929 in Toronto, Canada, Gehry is a celebrated architect and designer. Notable projects include the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain; the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, California; and the Experimental Music Project (EMP), Seattle, Washington. The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Gehry received the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1989. His architectural firm, Gehry Partners, LLP, is currently based in Los Angeles.