James Turrell unveiled a new Skyspace installation in the Norwegian village of Øystese. Made in conjunction with Bergen-based architecture studio A-Works, the latest Skyspace is the American artist’s northernmost iteration and was built within an octagonal building made to mirror a nearby museum that houses the work of the acclaimed Norwegian sculptor Ingebrigt Vik.
As with all of Turrell’s Skyspace’s, the installation desensitizes the eye through LED lights that subtly change in color — blurring our perception of the sky and the gamut of natural colors we see. The Hardanger Skyspace is the 82 iteration in the series and can hold 18 people at a time with a center heated bench to combat the frigid weather.
“My work has no object, no image and no focus,” Turrell once said when describing his art. “With no object, no image and no focus, what are you looking at? You are looking at you looking. What is important to me is to create an experience of wordless thought.”
Reservation to the installation is mandatory and tickets cost $15 USD per person.
In related news, HypeArt was recently invited to tour Jarl Mohn’s custom Skyspace in his LA home.
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