Jeppe Hein, ‘Please Touch the Artwork’, 2014, Public Art Fund Benefit Auction 2015

Estimated value: $20,000

Created by Jeppe Hein on the occasion of Please Touch the Art, his upcoming Public Art Fund exhibition at Brooklyn Bridge Park, this limited edition sculpture is the latest in a series of neon text works that began a decade ago. An earlier example, Please do not touch the artwork (2009) playfully quoted the usual prohibition that we see in galleries and museums. With this new edition that affirms the desire to touch, Hein captures the spirit of his often interactive public art.

Image rights: Courtesy of Konig Galerie, Berlin, 303 Gallery, New York, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen

About Jeppe Hein

Jeppe Hein creates installations that challenge the traditional notion of the passive viewer. His site-specific works are conceptual, interactive, and often activated by their viewers, whether through casting reflections in a rotating mirror or being startled by artwork itself, as in Shaking Cube (2004), an aluminum box that trembles whenever approached. In Hein’s installations Mobile Mobile (2008) and Light Pavillion II (2010), parts of the works either rotate or light up when gallery staff or viewers pedal a power-generating bike.

Danish, b. 1974, Copenhagen, Denmark