The Impossible Garden

As an outcome of a Leverhulme residency at the BVI (Bristol Vision Institute), University of Bristol, the artist Luke Jerram has created The Impossible Garden. The exhibtion is a set of experimental sculptural artworks, inspired by optical phenomena he explored as part of his residency.

With many of the exhibits it’s what’s happening in the space around each object, that interests me,  as well as the journey of information between the object and mind of the viewer. As an artist I’m keen to explore the edges of perception and to communicate and share my findings with the public” said Luke.

The Impossible Garden will be presented at the Bristol Botanical Gardens, 13th July – November 2018.

The function and value

  • Hospital patients, university staff and students will be invited to come and visit the gardens with their families. Depending on whether they are a child, adult, student or trained scientist, each will enjoy discovering and contemplating the exhibits in different ways.
  • We hope the exhibition will promote the BVI and the incredible research it carries out.
  • The garden could be used to teach psychology students and to practically test out and measure illusory phenomena. The public will be free for students to visit and could contribute to research through the study of the illusions and public interaction.
  • For Luke, this is an opportunity to test out a series of experimental sculptural and optical principles. It is expected that some of these exhibits may well lead to new, larger more ambitious artworks.

Luke said “As someone who is 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 and how the mind interprets the things we’re looking at.”

Here are some examples of Luke’s other artworks that explore perception and utilise unusual visual effects.