Public Artwork

L’Inversion du monde

Richard Purdy, L’inversion du monde, 1989
Richard Purdy, L’inversion du monde, 1989
Richard Purdy, L’inversion du monde, 1989
Productions Éloize (formerly the National Circus School), 417 Berri street, Montréal, QC, H2Y 3E1, Canada
Artwork creator(s): 
Purdy, Richard
Text author(s): 
Purdy, Richard
Hébert, François (assistant) ; Lebel, Jean (technical assistance)
Installation year: 
Remarks on location: 

The installation is located in the lobby, under the rotunda.


Sculptural and environmental installation featuring a floor mosaic, a suspended sculpture and a high relief affixed to the ceiling of the rotunda. First, a polychromic mosaic on the ground represents a gridded map of the world, where continents are shown as aquatic masses and the oceans as continents. Second, brass words are inlaid into the mosaic - Pacifica, Atlantica, Indica, Arctica. Third, suspended to the ceiling, a mirror crescent moon reflects the image of the Earth and hides a globe in its upper section. Last, a star protruding from the rotunda completes the composition.

Text of the artwork: 

Pacifica Atlantica Indica Arctica

Text theme: 
The world
Artwork theme: 
The art work as a whole evokes "imaginative thinking" by presenting a "world in reverse."
The work was created from January to April 1989.


Productions Éloize

Le principe d’inversion chez Richard Purdy

Fry, Jacqueline (1990).  Le principe d’inversion chez Richard Purdy. Parachute. no. 58 (Avril - Mai) , p. 16-23