Projects

Follow Me

Mirrored Labyrinth located in Royal Fort Garden, University of Bristol

Follow Me, 2009. Jeppe Hein. Photo: Jamie Woodley

Synopsis

Jeppe Hein's work Follow Me is an enticing mirrored labyrinth permanently sited in the University of Bristol's historic Royal Fort Gardens. Produced by Situations for the University of Bristol as part of the University's centenary celebrations.

Description

Jeppe Hein's work Follow Me is an enticing mirrored labyrinth permanently sited in the University of Bristol's historic Royal Fort Gardens.  Produced by Situations for the University of Bristol as part of the University's centenary celebrations.

Jeppe Hein’s work encourages playful encounters and often surprises its audiences by playing with optical phenomena, or creating scenarios in which members of the public are encouraged to interact with each other or with the artwork directly.

Follow Me comprises a square formation of 76 vertical polished steel plates sited at the base of an incline leading down from the historic Royal Fort House. Entering the labyrinth, the surrounding landscape and participants are multiplied through a dizzying set of reflections.

Hein was “inspired by the notion of the University as a place of learning and self-discovery." The work, he suggests, "responds to the history of the University’s site, in particular the original 18th century design of the landscape gardener Sir Humphry Repton, whose garden designs similarly sought to invoke imaginative encounters”.

Jeppe Hein

Born in Denmark in 1974, Jeppe Hein has achieved international recognition for his imaginative, witty and playful works. Some of his work is on display in Tate Modern and the Saatchi Gallery and he recently participated in Channel 4’s Big Art Project.

His work has been included in numerous international exhibitions including Frieze Projects, London (2008); The World as a Stage, Tate Modern, London and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2007); Flying Cube, P.S.1 and MOMA, New York (2004); and the Venice Biennale (2003).

Hein lives and works in Copenhagen and Berlin.

 

  • Commissioner

    University of Bristol

  • Produced by

    Situations, University of the West of England, Bristol

  • Partners

    Bristol City Council

  • Supported by

    University of Bristol