Bristol artist Luke Jerram, the man behind the Play Me I’m Yours pianos and the Museum of the Moon has contributed some new, unique artwork to one of the city’s most popular gardens.
The Impossible Gardens is a series of experimental structures inspired by visual phenomena and can be found in the University of Bristol’s Botanic Gardens.
As visitors explore the gardens, which include more than 5,000 species of plants, they will discover the 21 separate pieces of art which have been designed to help promote understanding and stimulate debate about how visual impairments can affect our perception of the world around us.
The idea of The Impossible Garden came about after Luke spent nine months as artist in residence at the Bristol Eye Hospital and Bristol Vision Institute, a project funded by the Levenhulme Trust. Luke also spent time with visually-impaired children to further understand the challenges losing sight can bring.
He said: “As someone who is red-green colour blind, I’m fascinated by the processes of visual perception. Over the years, many of my artworks have explored the processes and limitations of vision. The Impossible Garden has allowed me to test new ideas and share my findings with the public.”
Professor David Bull, Director of the Bristol Vision Institute, added: “The collaboration with Luke is a fantastic opportunity for us to explore the power of visual illusions. Understanding how they work can tell us a lot about the properties and limitations of our visual system.”
The Impossible Gardens at the University of Bristol Botanic Gardens is open to the public until Sunday, November 25th from 10am-4.30pm seven days a week, including Bank Holidays.
Admission is £5.50 (includes 50p gift aid donation) and free to Under-18s, Friends of the Garden, University of Bristol staff and ALL students. All organised groups of ten or more must book in advance.
For more information see www.bristol.ac/uk/botanic-gardens