“The Path to Silence”
by Jeppe Hein
Jeppe Hein’s art puts man in the center. His artistic expression is at the intersection between conceptual art, architecture and technology. Nevertheless, it is the encounter between man and art, or man in the encounter with himself, which occupies Hein the most.
The water and energy from the power station at Kistefos was a major source of inspiration and the starting point for the sculpture. It is the energy Hein himself experienced in the encounter with Kistefoss that he wants to convey to the audience. While the project was still in the melting pot, Hein conducted a pilgrimage on the St. Olav’s routes between Oslo and Trondheim. Hein’s meeting with the nature and serenity of the journey represent a turning point in his practice. Silence has long been an important part of Hein’s artistic practice. However, the importance and understanding of silence was given a renewed and stronger prominence on this journey.
The sculpture’s shape is based on the movement of water and creates a variety of rooms with different dimensions of silence; deafening silence where the water comes to free expression in the fountain, but also space for contemplation and concentration. A traditional maze disillusions and weakens the sense of direction and location. This labyrinth’s open form awakens the senses, increases our presence and makes us aware of our surroundings. Where are we and where are we headed? These are questions that occupy the artist.