Ship Happens: The Higner Maritime Collection at Castellani

Flock, story time.

When I was little, I was obsessed with boats. I loved classic ocean liners: they were art on water.

During a visit of the Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University, I got to see the wonderful work of Justin Higner.

Justin Higner model of Edmund Fitzgerald.

For 25 years, Higner has been making elaborate ships out of readily-available household materials. While a few of these ships, like the Edmund Fitzgerald above, are models of real-world vessels, most of Higner’s collection are custom ships created in his own world.

Every ship has a story behind it, complete with fictional shipyards, histories, refits, and even wrecks. Many of the ships feature elaborate interiors that really have to be seen to be believed.

Interior of Higner ship.

I really enjoyed this exhibit, and the dedication that can be seen in Higner’s work. If you have the chance, I really hope you can swing by the Castellani Art Museum to take a peek at this wonderful exhibit.

The Higner Maritime Collection: Twenty-Five Years of Ship Building by Justin Higner is on display now through March 17, 2019. The Castellani Art Museum is located within Niagara University, 5795 Lewiston Road, Niagara University, NY.

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