Imagine if you could see the world with different eyes... divided into innumerable individual parts and put together anew; nature, sky, and earth surrounding you, enlarging your angle of vision or centering on the essential; you looking at it from a distance or standing in the center, where the light falls into the eye and the vastness stretches out before you... it would offer you unseen perspectives and allow you to perceive what surrounds you in new ways.
THE EYE OF THE NORTH is an eight-meter-high and five-meter-wide mirror installation located in Lofoten, Norway. Standing on a small hill, the installation is visible from afar and allows visitors to look into the landscape. The elliptically shaped sculpture, with a concave vaulted front and a convex vaulted back, has a round opening in the middle with a diameter of 1.5 meters that can be reached via a small stair. The vertices on the surface are derived from a projection of a star map inspired by the night sky above the Lofoten. The celestial projection of the northern hemisphere is used for the structure of the concave surface, and the southern hemisphere for the convex side. By walking up the curved stairs on the convex side to rest on the platform inside the sculpture, the visitor becomes the center of the art piece and metaphorically speaking the center of the universe. It is the place where the visitor doesn’t see the sculpture anymore, but where she or he gets a subliminal view of the world around. For a short moment, detached from the ground and changed perspective. With this, the focus shifts from the sculpture to the person interacting with it. The sculpture emphasizes the interconnectedness of that particular person’s life with all other life and all the stars of the universe. It is all one.THE EYE OF THE NORTH, 2020
High-polished stainless steel, substructure
8,00 x 5,00 x 1,70 m

© Courtesy KÖNIG GALERIE, Berlin, 303 Gallery, New York and Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen
© Images Kjell Ove Storvik, Odd-Petter Tanke Jensen



Jeppe Hein (b. 1974 in Copenhagen, Denmark) is a Danish artist based in Berlin. He studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Arts in Copenhagen, Denmark, and the Städel Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Jeppe Hein is widely known for his production of experiential and interactive artworks that can be positioned at the junction where art, architecture, and technical inventions intersect. Unique in their formal simplicity and notable for their frequent use of humor, his works engage in a lively dialogue with the traditions of Minimalist sculpture and Conceptual art of the 1970s. Jeppe Hein’s works often feature...
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