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18 Niches

18 Niches

Jackie Ferrara
b.1929

18 Niches
  • Brick, concrete, planting
  • 2003
  • 2,223 m², 1.2 m x 1.8 m per piece
  • 81 Navy Wharf Court, Toronto

About the artwork

18 Niches is a place making project created by Jackie Ferrara. Her focus with this piece is to create a space for audiences to contemplate and invest themselves in the space. The goal of this work is to create connections to the space through these unique niches she has crafted. Each niche is designed to look like a version of the skyline of the city, but reimagined in her own way. The niches feature formations from only four colours of bricks to create her new skyline towers.

About the artist

Jackie Ferrara (born Jacqueline Hirschhorn on November 17, 1929, in Detroit, Michigan) is an American sculptor and draughtswoman best known for her pyramidal stacked structures. Her work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, The Phillips Collection, and the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, among others.

Fun facts

  • While being surrounded by concrete, the clay walls by Ferrara bring some light and colours to the greyish of the asphaslt and steel in downtown Toronto.

Engagement questions

  • Why do you think this media was chosen for this piece?