Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Hmm. Not the First Conclusion I'd Have Come To
Significantly, the fish also symbolized Gehry’s conflicted sense of Jewishness. Gehry first highlighted the Jewish dimensions of the fish in 1984 when he declared: “When I was a kid I used to go to the market with my grandmother on Thursdays. We’d go to the Jewish market, we’d buy a live carp, we’d take it home to her house in Toronto, we’d put it in the bathtub and I would play with this goddamn fish for a day until the next day she’d kill it and make gefilte fish. I think maybe that has something to with [my interest in fish forms].” At one level, therefore, the fish was a symbol of familial togetherness.