Jeppe Hein “Please Touch the Art”
Brooklyn Bridge Park, NYC
May 17 2015 – April 17, 2016
Please Touch the Art is a new exhibition from Danish artist Jeppe Hein. The collection features 18 playful sculptures designed specifically for public interaction at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Engaging visitors through pieces that are both accessible and surprising, the show includes three distinct bodies of work: Appearing Rooms, a series of “rooms” formed when water shoots up from the work’s gridded base forming “walls” that appear and disappear throughout the day; a large new Mirror Labyrinth, featuring equidistantly spaced vertical elements at varying heights made from mirror-polished stainless steel that multiply the surrounding landscape through myriad reflections; and 16 new Modified Social Benches that challenge the idea of a traditional park bench.
Hein creates memorable works of art using mediums ranging from smoke, neon light, water, and stainless steel. From the beginning, he has taken inspiration from nature and the built environment, often conceiving works specifically for public space. This exhibition brings together works that exist at the crossroads of art, architecture, and technology responding to the character of Brooklyn Bridge Park. On view throughout the space, Please Touch the Art extends from just south of the Manhattan Bridge down along the waterfront to Pier 6.