It’s hard not to smile at Philadelphia artist Donald Lipski’s school of giant fish swimming through the sky beneath the interstate overpass. The cluster of 25 seven-foot-long creatures of hand-painted fiberglass resin are anatomically correct models of long-eared sunfish, native to the river. Impressive by day and stunningly lit from within at night, the glowing fish are a beacon from blocks away, adding color and levity to a once neglected downtown area. A 26th fish is on display in San Antonio Art Museum’s contemporary gallery offering an up-close view of the installation’s vibrant detailing. This work was featured in issue 46 of Public Art Review. Click here to view. Click here to subscribe to Public Art Review.

Installed, 2009


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