Blackman Cruz

Pair of Frank Gehry (born 1929) Illuminated crocodile fixtures

Blackman Cruz

Pair of Frank Gehry (born 1929) Illuminated crocodile fixtures

1983
Custom designed for Rebecca's Restaurant, Venice, CA 

One of the most celebrated architects living today, Frank Gehry has been instrumental in bringing fluidity and dynamic movement to the usually static visual language of architecture. In 1983 at the beginning of his career, Gehry was commissioned for the interior build-out of Rebecca’s, an upscale Mexican restaurant on North Venice Blvd. in Venice, California. Along with work by his artist friends Ed Moses, Tony Berlant and Peter Alexander, Gehry created an impressive undersea world that included two massive crocodile fixtures that hung from the ceiling.

As with the crocodiles, scales from reptilian and aquatic worlds have remained a motif in Gehry’s work, seen in the undulating, aquatic scaled facades of Guggenheim Bilbao, Walt Disney Concert Hall and many of his buildings worldwide. 

The scales of Gehry’s 1983 crocodiles were made from hammered and painted aluminum leaves wired together to create a surprisingly accurate representation of the thick, impenetrable armor. These two important crocodile fixtures are his only pieces with scales made from aluminum.

Large: 20'11" L x 52" W x 46" H
Small: 17'6" L x 38" W x 23" H

Painted aluminum, steel frame

$230,000