Since the early sixties Ferrari’s sculptures have participated with the environment allowing the interaction of sculpture and casual observer, giving the modern city a human dimension. Ferrari’s styles and periods have progressed and changed, marrying his mastery of traditional materials and methods with experimentation’s in new forms, materials and styles embracing a philosophy of New Ideas, New Ways, New Means and New Spaces. His stylistic development has included transitions in expressionistic and surrealistic forms and has evolved towards geometric reduction with a minimum of means; sculptures distinguished by massive force and dynamic tension. Running throughout his art even in his most formalistic works is a persistent search for life essences, to the condition of man, to the embracing of male and female forces. His work has been described as lyrical abstract sculpture in bronze, stainless steel, marble and granite. Integrating sculpture into the architectural environment, often playfully in contrast to it, at other times fully participating in it, consequently his work is preoccupied with creating situations that delight the eye in the parks, streets, squares and corners of the city.
Since immigrating to Chicago from Verona in the 60s, Ferrari established a collaborative openness to work with international artists, architects, scholars, galleries and students creating opportunities in both his adopted city and native land through his studio spaces, academic and civic institutions and corporations. Inspired by this connection to Italy and the desire to create new modes of reflection and production in Chicago, the Ferrari Contemporary Art Center would create initiatives ranging from workshops, happenings and exhibitions, creatively bridging Italy and Chicago to inaugurate projects where artists, scholars and students collaborate to engage with the public and revitalize ideas and spaces. It is this profound connection to a tradition that is tied to form, material and meaning within a contemporary context in which the center would serve as beacon for the neighborhood and an arch for the city.