Dynamic, big dipper constructions of Danish artist Jeppe Hein take up residence at Saint-Nazaire, France. The artist got the ball rolling in 2004 at the Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Germany, premiering his site-specific installation Distance.
Since then, it has travelled across the globe and settled in Saint-Nazaire this summer, at the city’s monumental space LiFE – initially established to store submarines during the war.The 1460-m2 hall has been injected with Hein’s steel tracks, running through the entire exhibition space. When entering the room, visitors might think they are about to go on a thrilling rollercoaster ride – but in this case, they won’t have to be above ground to get involved. As the visitor makes their entrance, sensors react and sets a white plastic ball in motion, running the 800-m-long circuit. As the visitor follows the ball on its route, the next visitor triggers a new ball to pop up onto the tracks – resulting in a mesmerising experience of action and reaction when multiple spectators arrive.
Distance runs until 5 October 2014 at LiFE, Saint-Nazaire, France.
Jeppe Hein, Distance - Courtesy Johann König, Berlin and 303 Gallery, New York