Workshops & Activities

Jeppe Hein’s Appearing Rooms Fountain

Part of Summer at Southbank Centre

This interactive sculpture, created by Danish artist Jeppe Hein, returns to Southbank Centre after popular appearances in previous summers.

Shooting jets of water into the air, the fountain creates rooms that disappear as quickly as they emerge.

If you guess wrong you might get soaked – but that’s all part of the fun.

Danish artist Jeppe Hein (born 1974) often combines architecture and technology to make sculptures that are joyful, engaging and playful. Hein’s aquatic sculpture
Appearing Rooms was originally commissioned for the garden of the Villa Manin, Italy. It has been a popular feature of Southbank Centre’s summer festivals since 2007.

Look around the site to find Jeppe Hein’s bright red series of Modified Social Benches!

Dates & times

26 May 2018 - 9 Sep 2018


Outdoor spaces
RFH Riverside Terrace, QEH Side - Level 2



need to know

For the safety and comfort of all visitors, please ensure that appropriate footwear and clothing is worn while enjoying the fountain.

Photography and filming of the fountain and surrounding space is not permitted.

If you’re planning a special trip to visit Appearing Rooms please call in advance to check if it is open, as we may need to periodically close the installation for maintenance or because of adverse weather conditions.

You may get wet. Electric powered wheelchairs are not permitted in the fountain for health and safety reasons. Manual wheelchairs are available from Royal Festival Hall Artists’ Entrance (subject to availability).