These are not fish… but paint and resin! Created by Riusuke Fukahori.
This artists pushes the boundaries of what we perceive to be possible in the world of 2D and 3D design. Combining the two, he patiently sandwiches layers of paint and resin on top on each other, building thousands of layers to form what we perceive as pools of swimming Gold Fish. I cannot fathom the visual intelligence that this man must have to assume the way that he must build up the layers. Mind Blowing!
Here is a translation of his discovery of his method:
The goldfish holds a very special place in the heart of any child who’s ever been to a matsuri (street festival) in Japan. Kingyo-sukui is the game of “goldfish scooping” and is a staple of any summer street festival, along with the masks, water balloon yo-yos, fireworks and yummy food.
But for artist Riusuke Fukahori, the goldfish was not just a relic of long-lost childhood. As he painfully lay in his room one night, struggling and suffering, about to give up on his art, he looked over and saw a goldfish. His neglected fish of 7 years sputtered about in a cesspool of mold and feces – a common fate endured by most festival souvenirs.
Fukahori felt a shiver run down his spine. What he suddenly saw was a beautiful animal, glowing in bright red, living and surviving. The artist pulled out his paint and set to work, immediately triggering some sort of chemical reaction in his brain. Fukahori had looked far and wide – in Europe, the U.S. and Japan – for his muse. But in an instantaneous form of enlightenment he knew that all along it was right there in his room, inside that dirty fish tank. The goldfish, writes Fukahori, was my salvation.
Via: Riuske Fukahori