The Catch by Julia Lohmann


The Catch is an installation made of empty fish boxes by designer Julia Lohmann.

The project, a comment on over-fishing, was shown in Sapporo, Japan, last month.

The installation was produced during Lohmann's three month residency with S-AIR at the ICC in Sapporo.

Here's some info from Lohmann:


The Catch confronts viewers with a vast empty ocean, depleted by over-fishing and our unthinking consumption of marine life.

Visitors are swept up in towering waves made of used empty fish boxes taken from Sapporo’s fish market.

Unwittingly, they find themselves drifting into its womb-like core.

Far from comforting however, the small sanctuary at the centre of the installation is bare; its walls lined with empty roe boxes are more akin to those of a church that has been raided by iconoclasts.

The Catch is modeled on an Almadraba, a Mediterranean tuna trap now obsolete due to lack of tuna. It is inspired by Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market.

The installation probes our fatal beliefs in endless supplies of marine life, in inflated fishing quotas and unreliable scientific research.

Posted on Monday January 14th 2008 at 10:10 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • nick


  • i am happy to see the work of someone who puts what was most likely formar waste to use.. when i look out of my balcony i can see piles of palletts that are there for garbage.. the possibilities are very inspiring..
    beautiful work julia!

  • Quite a dramatic statement about a very serious (and under-publicized) problem of overfishing.

  • Justanotherhuman.

    To you nick ,

    If you don’t appreciate conserving our earth and recycling our waste and designing it to an useful ART work then i think you should not exist in the face of OUR Earth.

    Beautiful ! keep up the good designs !