“I can make the sky any color you choose.” — James Turrell
Thirty years in the making, James Turrell’s largest free-standing circular Skyspace opens on the MASS MoCA campus in May 2021. Measuring 40 feet in diameter and 40 feet high, this repurposed concrete water tank transforms into one of Turrell’s signature immersive light installations, carving out a small piece of the sky and framing it as a canvas with infinite depth. An aperture in the ceiling opens during dusk and dawn, exposing the sky while subtle interior lighting creates the illusion of bringing the sky to just beyond the viewer’s grasp. During the day, the dome will be sealed and will be transformed into a tightly-controlled multisensory environment, with light projected across the cylindrical interior walls and domed ceiling, and sound altered by the contours of the architecture. Skyspace joins Into the Light, a long-term retrospective of Turrell’s work that currently includes nine light installations, making MASS MoCA the only North American institution offering a comprehensive overview of the artist’s career.
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Interior of James Turrell, Within Without, 2010. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
Photo: John Gollings