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Gehry Partners
location Barcelona
function landmark, sculpture
contributed by MI_MOA

One of the first public projects of Gehry is the Barcelona Fish – a huge fish sculpture placed on Barcelona’s waterfront for the 1992 Olympics. The monumental fish sculpture functions as a landmark in the Olympic Village, anchoring a retail complex designed by Gehry Partners within a larger hotel development by Skidmore, Owing & Merill. This fish sculpture was also a landmark in the history of Frank O. Gehry & Associates, inaugurating the firm's use of computer-aided design and manufacturing. The project's financial and scheduling constraints prompted James M. Glymph, a partner in the firm, to search for a computer program that would facilitate the design and construction process, leading to the adoption of CATIA (computer aided three-dimensional interactive application). The sculpture was modeled entirely in 3D and delivered directly to the fabricators as a 3D model. The fish is a frequently recurring motif in Gehry's work, serving as inspiration and mascot.

Naomi says:
Hi lmcp, the model of the fish was part of an exhibition on Gehry in the Danish Architecture Centre. It was a temporary exhibition in April 2007, so, I don't think it's still there.
Amsterdam, Netherlands 14-Sep-16
Been there in 2010 and it was still there :)
Lenart, Slovenia 11-Dec-11

Napoli, Italy 06-May-11
lmcp says:
Naomi, where did you see the model of the fish?
Atlanta, United States 08-Jun-09
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Carrer de Ramon Trias Fargas 1
Project is public!
Opening hours The fish is viewed from the public street, so its open 24/7.
How to get there? Metro: Barceloneta, Ciutadella/Villa Olimpica.
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Completion 1992
ArchitectGehry Partners
Client City of Barcelona / 1992 Olympics
Project ID 436
Latitude/Longitude 41°23'10N 02°11'49E
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