The ‘Water Labyrinth’ was designed by renowned Danish artist, Jeppe Hein, and is his first permanent installation in Australia.
Launched in mid-November 2012, the $1.3 million sculpture is a major part of the Forrest Place redevelopment initiated by the City of Perth to create a stimulating public space for hundreds of thousands of residents and tourists.
Designed in a grid of nine squares, jets of recycled storm water shoot up into the air, creating 2.3m high water walls that randomly rise and fall. These water walls create up to nine ‘rooms’ that appear and disappear in sequences of 10 seconds before changing configuration. Visitors of all ages leap from room to room or simply have a splash. The playful fountain runs from 8am to 8pm daily.
The Water Labyrinth enables the interaction of people and art which Hein says is a distinctive element in his work. "The Water Labyrinth activates the space and invites the public to make use of the artwork, either as a space for seclusion and relaxation or the opposite, a place for pure joy and playfulness."
An impressive feature of the 12m2 Water Labyrinth is the 179m of stainless steel grating and drainage used. This was fabricated by Paige Stainless - one of Australia’s largest manufacturers of stainless steel wedge wire grating.
Perfect for hot summer days and warm evenings, everyone will enjoy Hein's Water Labyrinth.