Lucas Isawa: Koinobori

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By combining traditional Japanese Carp-shaped wind socks with paper lanterns, artist LucasIsawa2.jpg

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When walking through a room full of them, as I did right before his exhibit closed at the Museu de Casa Brasileira in São Paulo this past week, I got the amazingly surreal feeling of swimming through water, watching all these delicate fish silently twist to and fro in response to the slightest of breezes blowing through the room.

The site has a revealing behind-the-scenes section that shows the impressive process that goes into creating the fish — from stripping the branches to carefully tying them together. If you can read Portuguese, he shows, step-by-step, how to make a traditional koinobori.