JEPPE HEIN
MODIFIED SOCIAL BENCH FOR JAHNSDORF #01

PLAYGROUND AT THE TRAIN STATION, JAHNSDORF, GERMANY
PERMANENT INSTALLATION SINCE 2024

OPENING
15 JUNE 2024 | 3 PM

The art and sculpture trail PURPLE PATH connects Chemnitz, the European Capital of Culture 2025, with 38 locations in the region. Until 2025 with the work of regional, national, and international artists a unique exhibition of contemporary art in public space.

© Images Gemeinde Jahnsdorf

The bench MODIFIED SOCIAL BENCH FOR JAHNSDORF #01 by Jeppe Hein, specially designed for Jahnsdorf, uses curves and differences in height to create a course that invites visitors to sit, lie down or slide around dynamically. In a playful way, he also dissolves the common principle of prohibiting the direct touching or use of art and raises questions about the conventions of dealing with the artwork. According to the artist, the sculpture creates a “creative space that enables interaction and brings people into a dialog with their surroundings”.

FEATURED ARTIST

JEPPE HEIN

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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