James Turrell’s new Skyspace
Since the 1970s, American artist James Turrell has created a series of “skyspaces” around the world by designing enclosed buildings that open to the sky thanks to an aperture in the roof. His most recent Skyspace installation is nestled into the Arlberg Mountains in Western Austria where it turns the broad, clear sky into a piece of art. Turrell set the piece inside a domed stone building that sits at the end of a hiking trail, designed to take advantage of its mountainous surroundings. To access the Skyspace, visitors walk through a glowing subterranean tunnel whose door was built to perfectly align to Biberkopf peak, swathed in light that cycles through saturated purples, pinks, and blues.