heard of Jeppe Hein?…

If you follow on Facebook you would have seen a sneak peek photo of the kids playing in the new City of Perth interactive water labyrinth in Forest Place last weekend.   They loved it.  The sculpture has been created by renowned Danish artist Jeppe Hein & is the first permanent artwork of his in Australia.  In little ole Perth!

Turns out (quite by chance) that a good girlfriend of mine just so happened to write an essay on Jeppe Hein as part of her Fine Arts Degree & after seeing the snap on Facebook, got in touch & was kind enough to send me a copy to read. I now declare to be the full bottle on Jeppe Hein & Relational Aesthetics (I know but please try to keep up)  – which in more basic speak means interactive artworks.  His artwork is something to be experienced, touched, played with, talked about & encourages development of human relationships in their most basic form – maybe a smile, a laugh or just a nod to the stranger right next to you.  And guess what?  That is exactly what this water sculpture does.  It’s genius.  Blast those clever types eh?

I love this snap, because the lady in the wheelchair is just as capable of interacting with this sculpture as any able-bodied one of us.  I can’t tell you if she went in, because to be honest my eye was looking through a view finder & sometimes that just means you miss things.  I hope she did.

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‘Ah mum… how do I get out of here?’

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Discussing strategies, which weren’t proving particularly effective because by now they were both pretty wet!

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It’s really pretty good fun, whether you decide to just sit back & take it all in or man up & take your chances with those water jets, you’ll be guaranteed a good old fashioned, whole-hearted good time.  A people watchers delight.

A word of warning though – if you’re taking the kids in to see it take either a towel or a change of clothes or else you’ll end up as we did, in the department store buying them new clean dry clothes to change into! 

Have a great weekend.

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