CS: Some of your pieces, as directed by the client, feature whimsical designs, such as the schools of fish, marlin, and jellyfish from “The Fish Project.” What’s the most out-of-the-box piece you’ve been commissioned to make?
PDL: The school of pompano, which was also the most challenging to make. How to get the individual fish to not only look natural, but function as a light fixture as well. Our solution was to cover two parallel sheets of Plexiglas with the fish bodies, and light it with LEDs from inside.
LS: Another hard part was getting the fish to look somewhat realistic, and not like cartoons. Some of the early prototype fish have silly little expressions on their faces. Actually some of them still do. They have personalities.