Sunday, August 01, 2021

James Turrell Skyspace

Written by: Tom Fasano Filed Under: | |

Called “one of the best works of public art in recent memory” by the Los Angeles Times, Dividing the Light gathers visitors on benches beneath a canopy that frames a window to the sky. At dusk and dawn a lighting program bathes the canopy in changing colors, from goldenrod to turquoise, altering the viewer’s perception of the sky. One moment it’s a dreamy lavender, another it’s an ominous tablet of black. A shallow pool centered beneath the opening to the sky mirrors the daytime sky and reflects a dark echo of the night sky.

Turrell, known for his work in light, has built several Skyspaces around the world; this is the only one available for public viewing in Southern California.