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El Pez / The Fish: Frank Gehry, Barcelona

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El Pez / The Fish: Frank Gehry, Barcelona
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El Pez / The Fish: Frank Gehry, Barcelona

  1. 1. El Pez/ The Olympic Fish, by Frank Gehry Nicholas Socrates 2008Shimmering in the sunlight,This organic wave like form,whilst walking along the beach or promenade, gives the view of the sky line a great senseof relief, especially from the two sky scrappers.This fish is very pleasant to look at.
  2. 2. As you come off the beach into its immediate surrounding – in line with it – you can seethrough itYou can look into the fishTo see inside it and see through itIt really is a lot less solid than it appears from a distance – from the beachIt’s like looking at a tree close up;Everything behind it is factually abstracted.
  3. 3. This jelly-fish like form is sopleasing.with full turgidity, this is a veryhealthy fish.Its colour is so warm, and itmakes me smile.It is so light:it is just floating there, hovering,about to fly off and jump intothe water.This fish is perfect.With such a strong structure,This fish, out of water, is tied tothe city.He is content to be here as apublic sceptical, however;he longs and dreams ofreturning to the Ocean.and one day he will. Andhe knows himself that he will. This fish exists here beautifully.In 1989 Architect Frank Gehry began his monumental fish sculpture forthe Olympic Village for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.Ever since childhood Gehry had a fascination about the movement of fish The movement of fish had remained a vivid image in his mind. Gehry had an intense interest in movement – studying it and trying to incorporate a sense of movement into static, or immobile, materials.
  4. 4. The Olympics fish sculpture marked a turning point in the history ofFrank O Gehry & Associates. For the first time, the firm used acomputer-aided design and manufacturing program in their work.The firm adopted computer aided three – dimensional interactiveapplication (CATIA). Without this, some of Gehry’s most exitingbuildings could not have been possible.Although Gehry designs using sketches and physical models, thecomputer can check those designs before construction. Thecomputer simplifies the construction process.For years, Frank Gehry has been concerned with fish imagery. Here,his fish fixation is manifested by a 35 metre x 54 metre fish madeof steel lattice. The fish marks the start of the Olympic Port areaand is placed at the base of two landmark towers.One of the towers is the Hotel Arts, the work of the architects BruceGraham and Gehry himself, with 44 floors and 456 bedrooms; theother is the Mapfre Tower, designed by Ortiz and Enrique de Leon,an office building with a commercial centre on the ground floor.These two towers have a height of 153.5 m and are the highest inSpainAs an artwork this fish grabs the eye for its scale and as its coppercolour shining in the bright sunlight.

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