In the 1980’s I worked for a dynamic, fast-paced marketing company, full of hungry, competitive graduates, selling below the line promotions and exhibition solutions. The sales floor was open plan, lined with desks and the focal point was an enormous fish tank, full of exquisite tropical fish.
This expensive, beautiful, 5 metre fish tank was the chairman’s pride and joy. Some of the fish were so tame, they fed out of his hand. Every client, that saw this living work of art, were fascinated to such a degree, they spent more time admiring the fish, than talking about their marketing requirements. My chairman was a clever man. I think this was his intention, to relax and impress his customers, in equal measure.
One day, the chairman asked a Management Consultant, to review the way we operated, including telephone sales, field appointments and marketing methods. His first recommendation was to remove the fish tank. He said fish tanks, in offices, were bad for productivity as they have a soporific effect on employees. Needless to say, said Management Consultant was escorted from the building post-haste.
In a previous article, I wrote about the incredible price paid for a Photograph which recently sold for over $6,000,000. I was curious to find out, if there were other artefacts or unusual items that would be worth over a $1,000,000. A Koi Carp, has recently been sold for $850,000 and there are some in Japan, valued at over $1,000,000. For a fish with a life expectancy of less than 50, this is incredible.
There was a very famous scarlet Koi, called Hanako. Her final owner was Dr Komei Koshihara. Hanako was 226, when she died in 1977. Koi Carp are symbols of love and friendship. If you cannot give a Koi as a gift, why not give a beautiful photograph of a Koi. Fine Art Digital Prints can last over 100 years and the colours are as vibrant as the real thing. The images are very relaxing, almost Soporific.
My name is Steve Howard. You have been reading the Digital Circus.