Tower of Cards and 1 Joker

Tower of Cards and 1 Joker

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  • John Hejduk (creator)
  • John Hejduk (architect)
  • John Hejduk (draughtsman)
  • John Hejduk (archive creator)


Tower of Cards and 1 Joker

Dates of creation


Level of archival description

File 73

Extent and Medium

  • 1 model

Scope and Content

File documents an executed project for a landmark in Groningen, Netherlands. The project by John Hejduk is part of a masterplan by Daniel Libeskind titled Stadsmarkering Groningen and commissioned by the city of Groningen to commemorate its 950th anniversary by placing ten artworks at the access roads to Groningen. In addition to Hejduk and Libeskind, who also contributed an artwork, participants included Kurt Walter Forster, Akira Asada and Shiro Takatani, Thom Puckey, Gunner Daan, Heiner Müller, William Forsythe, Leonhard Lapin and Enn Laansoo, and Paul Virilio. Hejduk's project comprises three components: the Tower of Cards, the Tower of Letters, and the Joker's Perch. Material in this file was produced in 1990.

File contains a study model.

Reference Number



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    • Reference Number: DR1998:0126:029
    • Title: A study model for the Tower of Cards
    • Form: models
    • Catalogued items within this file 0


    • John Hejduk (architect)
    • John Hejduk (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 study model(s)

    Stage and Purpose:

    • study model

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 model in playing cards and masking tape


    model: 117 x 6 x 6 cm

    Physical Description:

    - Model comprises 52 playing cards joined at the edges with masking tape and one playing card (the "joker"), which is not attached. The model is folded flat.

    Credit line:

    John Hejduk fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal


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