Comprised of hundreds of building kit components, The Brick Wall was first built in 2005 as a site-specific installation for Montreal’s Canadian Centre for Architecture. This work transposes items typically considered toys into art objects worthy of appreciation for their abstract shapes, primary colours and their infinite possibilities to create anything and everything.


  • Title: The Brick Wall
  • Creator: Douglas Coupland
  • Creator Lifespan: 1961 - Present
  • Creator Nationality: Canadian
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Date: 2005 - 2015
  • Physical Dimensions: w693.4 x h420.4 x d6.4 cm
  • Exhibition section: Secret Handshake
  • Credit line: Long-term loan to the Canadian Centre for Architecture from the Artist. Originally installed as part of the Super City exhibition presented at the Canadian Centre for Architecture from June 9 to November 20, 2005.
  • Type: assemblage
  • Medium: assemblage with pieces from the following toys and various untraceable construction sets: Construct-All, Duplo, Fiddlestix, Lego, Matador, Ringettes, Playskool, Playskool Jumbo, Rivitron, Robot-x, Tog'l Model '8', Ziva, Woodenettes, Snap Blocks, Loc-Bloc, BiloToy, Lod-L-Stix, Gaston Building Block, Thinga-Majigs, Imagin-It, Capsela, block-head!, Tinkertoys, Bambino, CanStruction, KenStruct

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