Jeppe Hein is definitely having a moment, or likely the beginning of many. I have been seeing different iterations of his fantastic mirror art everywhere lately (everywhere in a good way, not a coming-and-going way). Hein is based in Berlin, and his works are in many museum collections including the Tate, United Kingdom; Neues Museum Nürnberg, Germany; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
Right now he has a fantastic Please Touch the Art installation at Brooklyn Bridge Park. It includes his Appearing Rooms, Mirror Labyrinth NY, and Modified Social Benches. These appearing and disappearing rooms and thoughtful sculptures are intended to be an immersive, family experience. The mirrored works encourage not only social connections, but the reflective surfaces also inspire introspective thought. Before taking a jaunt to Brooklyn Bridge Park, consider visiting the Public Art Fund website to download a scavenger hunt for extra fun. The installations fill the park from Jane’s Carousel to Pier 6. I personally love these special opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and get in some culture. Moreover, it’s sort of like sneaking vegetables into a cupcake—your young children will have no idea that you are introducing something educational. They will just feel like they are at an awesome new playground. Please, go touch the art! It’s a wonderfully whimsical way to spend a beautiful summer day.
Jeppe Hein: Please Touch the Art
On View Until April 17, 2016
Brooklyn Bridge Park
New York City
507 West 24th Street
New York City