Mak­ing a splash

Thousands of gold­fish and maritime crea­tures bring Tokyo art ex­hibit to life.

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A JA­PANESE artist has used thousands of fish in il­lu­mi­nated tanks to cre­ate a sprawl­ing psy­che­delic visual art in­stal­la­tion, draw­ing tens of thousands of viewers in Tokyo.

Hidetomo Kimura’s trav­el­ling Art Aquar­ium ex­hi­bi­tion puts on dis­play around 5,000 gold­fish and 3,000 other maritime crea­tures, such as sea­horses, in 130 LED-lit tanks of var­i­ous shapes, colours and sizes.

The LED dis­plays pro­vide a colour­ful va­ri­ety of mov­ing im­ages, such as one of sakura blos­soms fall­ing serenely from the sky, to the ac­com­pa­ni­ment of mu­sic.

“I wanted to cre­ate an artis­tic in­stal­la­tion which is alive by us­ing real fish, rather than ma­te­ri­als or pic­tures,” said Kimura on the side­lines of the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Kimura cre­ates sim­i­lar in­stal­la­tions sev­eral times a year to show all over Ja­pan.

This year’s Art Aquar­ium, which marks a decade since Kimura’s first such dis­play, is also set to show in the western city of Ky­oto in the fall.

This year’s ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures hun­dreds of va­ri­eties of gold­fish, in­clud­ing sev­eral cross-bred species. The fish swim in bub­bling fish­bowls made of mag­ni­fy­ing glass, draped with lace or shaped like Ja­panese lanterns, among oth­ers.

One of the new works this year, in which Black Moor gold­fish swirl about as their shad­ows are pro­jected onto a white LED screen, cre­ates an il­lu­sion of a Ja­panese ink-and-wash paint­ing.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is on show at the Ni­hon­bashi Mit­sui Hall till Sept 24. – Reuters

— Pho­tos: Reuters

A vis­i­tor looks at an in­stal­la­tion that uses gold­fish in an il­lu­mi­nated tank at Ja­panese artist Hidetomo Kimura’s Art Aquar­ium ex­hi­bi­tion in Tokyo.

‘I wanted to cre­ate an artis­tic in­stal­la­tion which is alive by us­ing real fish, rather than ma­te­ri­als or pic­tures,’ says Hidetomo on the side­lines of the ex­hi­bi­tion.

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