Ever wanted to own a big fish in a small bathtub? Well if you are swimming in cash, now’s your chance. A lead sculpture fitting that description by Frank Gehry is up for auction for $150,000 via Los Angeles Modern Auctions, according to The Architect’s Newspaper.
Originally commissioned from Gehry in the late ’80s by Toronto ad agency, Chiat/Day, the lead fish measures 44 inches long, 14 inches wide and 12 inches high.
Gehry’s fascination with fish has long been speculated about, with some thinking perhaps the unnamed sculpture was inspired by his childhood. His grandmother was known for housing living karp in her bathtub in order to use them for gefilte fish on Jewish Sabbath meals. Food chain inspiration aside, according Mark Linders, author of “Nothing Less than Literal,” who studied Gehry’s fascination with the figure of the fish, said Gehry poo-pooed that idea. Instead, the fish’s abstraction from architecture helped the artistic architect to “rethink architectural forms.” He equated fish with being “architecturally dumb”, “anti-architecture” and “anti-humanist.”