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Queens Chair

Client: Queens College

Location: New York, NY, United States

Completion date: 1988

Project Team


Jim Nickel


Queens College


“Queens Chair” was installed on the campus of Queens College, NYC, in late 1980’s and later moved to Beaver College campus in Philadelphia. The idea of “chair” was not immediately perceived as noted by viewers. The inclusion of two scaled versions of the outermost chair confounded the meaning of the work and functioned to create a pulsating independent structure. The intention was to suggest in the smallest chair, a commanding “viewing point” from which to observe the surroundings. Modernist tubal chair design is later recalled as leg becomes armrest becomes back becomes seat becomes leg once again. The entire piece has a “pulsating” feel,” as described by a reviewer in NY Times.


This was a temporary piece, shared by the two educational institutions, remaining for about two years before its dismantlement. The work was conceived as prototype for a permanent work in durable materials.


It was a product of the artist's imagination and woodworking skills, and selected in competition by a curator for a show of contemporary outdoor sculptural ideas.

Additional Information

The structure was extremely durable and supported four adults at one point. However, I would like to reconstruct this work permanently using welded Bronze sheet or a combination of Bronze and Copper.