There’s a reason that the fish are so realistic, however, and it’s almost entirely down to the unusual way in which they’re created. Rather than just painting each fish once, Fukahori painstakingly reproduces each one, again and again, on top of each other – layer by layer.
The process is simply repeated over and over to create the 3D effect: the resin is poured into the setting, and the fish is then painted. Firstly, the transparent layer of resin gives the fish the appearance of being in water, and as layers are added the goldfish begins to come to life.
In principle, Fukahori’s paintings are similar to products that start life courtesy of a 3D printer – with every new layer going on to shape the finished design. As such, the goldfish really are 3D, and can be viewed from different angles – the top and the sides – as you would regular fish.