cf. F. Dal Co, Kurt W. Forster, Frank O. Gehry The Complete Works, New York 1997, pp. 11-23 for a discussion of the fish motif in Gehry's work, pp. 278-279 for an illustration of this lamp with a similar base and the fish and snake lamps in general.
In 1983, Gehry was invited by the Formica Company to create a design for the launch of their new material Colorcore. Gehry decided to concentrate on the material's translucent qualities, and when one lamp was accidentally damaged, he decided to integrate the splintered pieces which looked like scales into his design. The fish motif has been a frequent aesthetic reference in Gehry's work, harking back to a variety of meanings ranging from the historical to the religious and including personal associations from his Jewish heritage. Of all species of fish, it is the carp in which Gehry is most interested.