Do fish lamps reveal a Frank Gehry epiphany?



Long before he designed the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, or the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, architect Frank Gehry built a series of lamps in the mid 80’s that contained hints of where he was going creatively.

As his contemporaries sought inspiration from ancient Greece, Gehry took the fluidity and elegant movement of fish and applied it to buildings. His unconventional works, aided by pushing the boundaries of new materials and technology, enabled him to create structures that mimic the complexity of nature.

The Hong Kong branch of the Gagosian Gallery presents a new exhibition that brings together a number of Gehry’s rare lamps for display. Look closely, and some of the fish lamps feature the same angles and undulating movement that his buildings are known for.

Frank Gehry recently completed his first residential project in Asia called The Opus in Hong Kong.

Located at 53 Stubbs Road, you may have driven by The Opus inadvertently on your way up to The Peak. While it’s conservative by Gehry standards, it contains unconventional angles as well as a series of blocks at the bottom that has the architect’s signature style.

You can learn more about that project in his own words via an interview on the Opus website.

Frank Gehry Fish Lamps

From January 16th to March 1, 2014
Gagosian Gallery
7/F, Pedder Building
12 Pedder Street
Central, Hong Kong

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