Jonathan Borofsky

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Fish With Ruby Eye, 25 feet tall, 45 feet long, fiber optics, bubble wrap, plexiglass, steel, wood, electric motors
Temporary installation, Saint John the Divine Cathedral, New York City, 1986


"The individual columns of light were motorized and turned slowly as their colors changed, giving the fish the appearance of swimming. Most importantly, this fish had a red ruby for its eye. This is a symbol that first came to me in a dream. For me, the red ruby has always symbolized my heart or the heart of humanity. Therefore, this fish sees with its heart. This sculpture did not remain at Saint John the Divine and is now in storage - that's too bad because it was my father's favorite sculpture of all of the public projects I've done."
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