At A Glance
Thirty unique abstract brushed stainless steel fish mounted on 12-foot-high stainless steel poles
Created by Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz, who survived the Nazi’s occupation of Poland during World War II
The artist created groups of multiple figures, each with slight differences
Open Air Aquarium is a group of thirty unique abstract brushed stainless steel fish, mounted on 12-foot-high stainless steel poles at The Residences at Dockside at Penn’s Landing. Created by renowned Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz (1930-2017), Open Air Aquarium was commissioned by the developer, the DePaul Group, in cooperation with the Redevelopment Authority’s One Percent for Public Art Program.
Abakanowicz – who survived the Nazi’s occupation of Poland during World War II – is known for creating groups of multiple figures, each with slight differences. The artist writes: “A crowd of people or fish, insects or leaves, is a mysterious assemblage of variants of certain prototypes. A riddle of nature’s abhorrence of exact repetition, or inability to produce it. Just as the human hand cannot repeat its own gesture. I invoke this disturbing law, switching my own immobile herds into that rhythm.”