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Life’s Little Worries of Sir Adam Beck

Sir Adam Beck Memorial, 2018
Photo: Eliot Wright

Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art

Tatzu Nishi - Tokyo, Japan

Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi is known worldwide for extraordinary urban interventions in which he casts public monuments in a strikingly different light. Building upon historical monuments in unexpected ways, Nishi offers fresh perspectives to casual passers-by, replacing the monument’s distance and formality with new and unexpected twists.

For his Canadian premiere, Nishi will delicately balance a stack of objects upon the head of Sir Adam Beck at his eponymous memorial in downtown Toronto. Each of the objects has been chosen for its relevance to contemporary life in Toronto. Through this visually stunning and delightfully humorous intervention, Nishi aims to revivify viewers’ relationships with this often-overlooked monument. In the process, he will newly engage visitors with history, commemoration and community.

Tatzu Nishi is an award-winning contemporary artist whose site-specific installations have been presented in cities throughout the world.



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Sir Adam Beck Memorial

University Avenue & Queen Street West (Median on University Avenue immediately south of Queen Street West)

Suitable for all ages

This project is outdoors.