Born in Dresden in 1971, Sebastian Hempel still lives and works in the city. After training as a stone carver, he studied sculpture at Dresden Academy of Fine Arts. Often designed for specific spaces and filled with movement, his works play with the spatial awareness and sensual perceptions of their observers. His installations and environments play with the superimposition of abstract and magical dimensions, as exemplified by his kinetic Irrlichter (will-o’-the-wisp) installations. He has received grants from the state of Saxony and the Bonn Cultural Fund and has won a number of competitions relating to “percent for art” projects.