A mirrored labyrinth created for Royal Fort Gardens, Bristol to mark the centenary of the University of Bristol.
Launched 2009. Open seven days a week.
“The work 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
For Royal Fort Gardens, Hein created a square formation of 76 vertical polished steel plates sited at the base of an incline leading down from Royal Fort House. Entering the labyrinth, the surrounding landscape and participants are multiplied through a dizzying set of reflections.
About the artist
Jeppe Hein was born in Denmark in 1974. 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.
Jeppe Hein in conversation with Claire Doherty prior to the launch of Follow Me in 2009.
This was the first of two permanent public artworks we commissioned for University of Bristol’s Royal Fort Gardens, following the production of the University’s public art strategy in 2009.
Follow Me was funded and commissioned by The University of Bristol. Situations produced the artwork as part of the University’s centenary celebrations.