• Artist: Carola Grahn
  • Medium: Sculptural Installation
  • Project Type: Commissioned Project
  • Neighbourhood: North York

An inflatable mountain sculpture that depicts a Sami holy place - Namahisvárri.


5100 Yonge St

  • Address: 5100 Yonge
  • Intersection: Yonge St & North York Blvd
  • Public Washrooms: Yes
  • Physical Access: Wheelchair accessible
  • Indoors/Outdoors: Outdoors
  • Schedule: October 2 to 10. Viewable from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Project

Namahisvárri is a mountain too sacred to be named. Grahn's inflatable mountain sculpture has its highest peak at 10 metres above sea level. Grahn is interested in these Sami holy places that still rise in Saepmie, but whose magic seems dormant and whose stone bodies often fall victim to societies ruled by colonial powers with capitalism as their social religion. “I have a huge love for the mountains. I guess these sculptures are artworks for the future: when the ore is extracted and the mountains lie crushed in heaps of gravel, let us rejoice in these inflatable mountains,'' explains Grahn.

The Artist

Carola Grahn, b. 1982 in Jokkmokk, is a Sami multimedia artist. She does thematic, idea-based work, in large scale projects, mainly involving the materialisation of text, installation strategies, and sculpture. 2021 Grahn was awarded the Asmund and Lizzie Arles Sculpture Prize and she has received several grants. Grahn continually exhibits internationally and is represented in the collection of Moderna Museet in Sweden and Daimler Art Collection Berlin among other collections.