Penthouse 29
Scanned slides documenting Jill Henderson's exhibition Penthouse 29. The exhibition was an installation consisting of drawings applied directly to the gallery's walls and tables holding blueprints. There were also sound and video components. It was held in the New Gallery's location at 516d 9th Avenue S.W., Calgary. It ran from March 6 to 28, 1998.

Penthouse 29 presented 29 large-scale blueprints for "imaginary fantasy penthouses and monster homes." Drawn swiftly and instinctively, the blueprints did not lay out precise and measured plans for a house, but instead reflected a whimsical life of luxury. Indeed, the plans were in stark contrast to the detailed architectural drawings required in construction.

Created with a dose of humour, the plans usually included recreational features, such as music rooms, DJ booths, bars, and pools. Some of the penthouses were created with specific home owners in mind, such as No. 9, Sky Heli-Port Bachelor Pad Penthouse, No. 23, Warehouse Cat Lover Penthouse, and No. 29, Ice Cream Sundae Penthouse (for families). Many of the penthouses had fantastical shapes, such as No. 3, Poo Snowman Penthouse, and No. 11, Jigsaw Piece Penthouse.

Moving images, sound and light were also included in the installation. On a TV, clips from the movies Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Midnight Cowboy, and Tommy showed visions of luxury, desire and fantasy. A sound track of ambient electronic music played in the background, while coloured lights lit some of the images. Combined, they created the impression of an architect's fantastical studio.

You can learn more about Henderson and her work on her website, located at
Description Sources
Penthouse 29 Press Release, March 1998
Id number
exhibition image > scanned photograph
Year 1998
Coverage (yyyy-mm-dd) March 06 to March 28 1998
Permissions Image reproduced with the artist's permission. This image is displayed for reference purposes only. Read more about our copyright policy here.
Credit line Images from the collection of The New Gallery
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Jill Henderson, individual (was created by)
The New Gallery, gallery (was photographed by)
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Main Space (was exhibited in)

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