The “Goldfish Festival” exhibition, held by the National Museum of Marine Science and Technology from January till April 7, features not only goldfish cultural relics but also created an artistic scene with water tanks of various sizes and shapes complemented with magnificent lighting, and integrated reflective surfaces.
While walking into this area, visitors are enveloped within shoals of goldfish swishing and swaying carefree through the water, and completely immersed in the scene.
Nearly 60 species, and more than 1,600 fish are on display at the Goldfish Festival. Apart from the ” Emperor Qianlong’s favorite, the Roudi escolar, there are also other attention-grabbing fish, such as the giant lion head of the Netherlands and the overlord ryukin, whose body sizes are at the very least more than 20 cm, and are well worth seeing.
Director Li-Shu Chen of the National Museum of Marine Science and Technology’s Display Education Group, said that this special exhibition includes everything relevant in thorough and elaborate detail, such as the vessels used for rearing ‘gold’ fish, like ceramic tanks, glass aquariums, garden landscaping tanks, and so on, as well as the creative ‘fish-vegetable symbiosis’ tanks that are currently the most in vogue and most suitable for urbanites. The complementary illusory imagery makes the swimming of the goldfish appear dreamlike, which causes visitors to linger on without any thought of leaving. Interaction with the fish in the scenes can also be experienced through a television wall.
According to the National Museum of Marine Science and Technology, the term ‘golden jade’, which is homophonic to ‘goldfish’ has been a symbol of auspiciousness since ancient times. In the 1980s, a fashion for rearing ’gold’ took hold, not only by admiring the beauty of bright goldfish, but also by exporting them as very lucrative source of income.