Photo by J. Scott Smith, courtesy of Frank O.
Gehry & Associates.
|FISH SCULPTURE AT VILA
The fish is a frequently recurring motif in Gehry's
work, serving as inspiration and mascot. In the
Olympic Village for the 1992 Games, a monumental fish
sculpture functions as a landmark and anchors a
retail complex designed by Gehry within a larger
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill hotel development.
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). A
three-dimensional modeling program developed for the
French aerospace industry, CATIA has design,
manufacturing, and engineering applications. A
modeler of complex surface geometries, the program
analyzes data generated from the digitization of
physical models. The results are used to engineer and
fabricate complex building systems.