A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
187. Koi carps
SEPTEMBER 2008: Koi carps
It is hard to imagine that these colorful carp variant became known to the world only in 1914, when these fish were displayed at an exhibition in China. This nishikigoi, as they are also called, are the result of spontaneous mutations in the common carp. They are regarded as Japan’s national fish, and are now grown and maintained throughout the world. Also in Brazil, as I encountered these colorful carps in a pond – as part of an art piece – at the main entrance of the headquarters of BNDES (Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social), the Brazilian Development Bank in downtown Rio de Janeiro. The shadows on the water surface show a striking resemblance to the line pattern of the carps.
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 2008, 2016
Koi at Mangabeiras Park, BELO HORIZONTE (MG)
Belo Horizonte, capital of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais is flanked by a mountainous range in the south: Serra do Curral. The mountain peaks range from 1000 to 1350 meters high. More than a decade ago, mining activities took place. A deep crater, filled with water is a remainder of this era. In 1982, the Mangabeiras Park was created on the location of the former mine; landscape architect Robert Burle Marx – known for his contributions at Lagoa da Pampulha – designed the visitor’s area. The park has the size of almost 300 hectare hosts a surprising variety of local flora and fauna. For example, over 160 bird species are spotted there. A viewpoint has been constructed, from which (the southern part of) the city of Belo Horizonte can be observed. Near the entrance is a large pond, with a large number of koi in it. Especially children love to feed them, and cheer when these always hungry fish approach them with their large mouths wide open.
The original picture was taken in June 2007