Novy became fascinated with the koi’s importance in Asian cultures while studying at Peck School of the Arts at UW-Milwaukee. The fish represent peace, harmony and beauty — a significance shared across several distinct Asian cultures.
He spray painted his first set of koi as he was finishing his senior year at UWM. On quiet Thanksgiving Day he set out to the Oak Leaf Trail on the East Side, knowing it would be deserted for the holiday. He did 75 koi that day, on a long stretch of the paved pathway.
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