Working with ambient light his entire career James Turrell is probably our greatest living artist. He has built versions of these Sky Spaces all over the world (mostly to fund his colossal life’s work, The Roden Crater Project). Most are in private hands and built by multimillionaires but each is unique. Here is a rare glimpse of what one looks like inside.
This Twilight Epiphany Sky Space was just built at Rice University and one of the few public ones you can visit. You can see how it incorporates much of what Turrell has learned making the Roden Crater Project. The video is a marketing piece and has way toooooo much talking b ut there are excellent moments (when everyone shuts up) and you can see the work for what it is – pure genius.
Photo via Architectural Record
Standing adjacent to the Shepherd School of Music on the Rice University campus, James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace has landed. The pyramidal structure accommodates 120 people on two levels and is acoustically engineered for musical performances and a laboratory for music school students. Constructed of grass, concrete, stone and composite steel, the structure is equipped with an LED light performance that projects onto the ceiling and through the 72-foot square knife-edge roof, which is open to the sky. Turrell’s composition of light complements the natural light present at sunrise and sunset, and transforms the Skyspace into a locale for experiencing beauty and reflective interaction with the surrounding campus and the natural world…
via Rice University web site
Most of his Sky Spaces are in private hands and built by multimillionaires but each is unique. Here is a rare glimpse of what one looks like inside.
The tour starts at the 2 min mark.