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James Turrell’s newest Skyspace rises in the mountains of Austria
POSTED 11 Oct 2018 . BY Andrew Manns
American artist James Turrell has recently unveiled Skyspace: Lech – the latest iteration of his Skyspace series, which was first developed in the 1970s.

Located 1,780m (5,800ft) above sea level in the Arlsberg mountains of Austria, the tumulus-like structure–dubbed the lightroom on the mountain – was produced in collaboration with German architectural firm, Baumshlager-Eberle.

Turrell, who draws artistic and spiritual inspiration from religious sites like the Egyptian pyramids, Machu Picchu, and the temples of Yucatan, designed the space to be both a sky observatory and a place to explore the hidden layers and chambers of human perception.

Accessible from nearby hiking trails, it mainly provides views of the surrounding valley but also features a numinous subterranean "Ganzfeldraum" lit by LEDs supplied by light technology company Zumtobel.

Commenting on the experiential aspect of the alpine Skyspace, Turrell explained: "My desire is to set up a situation to which I take you and let you see. It becomes your experience."

First envisioned in 2014, Turrell’s installation took three years to realise and was finally completed this September with the financial assistance of the Horizon Field Association and Lech residents.
The installation is the latest of Turrell's Skyspaces, which are exhibited around the world Credit: Photo by Florian Holzherr, courtesy of James Turrell
Skyspace: Lech is located near the mountain station of the Schlosskopfbah Credit: Photo by Florian Holzherr, courtesy of James Turrell
 


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11 Oct 2018

James Turrell’s newest Skyspace rises in the mountains of Austria
BY Andrew Manns

Visitors can access the exhibition room via a 15-metres-long passageway

Visitors can access the exhibition room via a 15-metres-long passageway
photo: Photo by Florian Holzherr, courtesy of James Turrell

American artist James Turrell has recently unveiled Skyspace: Lech – the latest iteration of his Skyspace series, which was first developed in the 1970s.

Located 1,780m (5,800ft) above sea level in the Arlsberg mountains of Austria, the tumulus-like structure–dubbed the lightroom on the mountain – was produced in collaboration with German architectural firm, Baumshlager-Eberle.

Turrell, who draws artistic and spiritual inspiration from religious sites like the Egyptian pyramids, Machu Picchu, and the temples of Yucatan, designed the space to be both a sky observatory and a place to explore the hidden layers and chambers of human perception.

Accessible from nearby hiking trails, it mainly provides views of the surrounding valley but also features a numinous subterranean "Ganzfeldraum" lit by LEDs supplied by light technology company Zumtobel.

Commenting on the experiential aspect of the alpine Skyspace, Turrell explained: "My desire is to set up a situation to which I take you and let you see. It becomes your experience."

First envisioned in 2014, Turrell’s installation took three years to realise and was finally completed this September with the financial assistance of the Horizon Field Association and Lech residents.



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