A new installation, part of a series titled Skyspaces, by American artist James Turrell has opened in Lech am Arlberg, a small mountain village and ski resort in Western Austria. Turrell’s Skyspace installations began in the 1970s and can today be found at over 75 locations worldwide.
The spaces encompass both natural and artificial light and are often illuminated in bold colors. The aim is to challenge the viewer’s perception and experience of light, by converging sky and earth. In 2014, Turrell visited Lech and was impressed by the high-alpine landscape of the location. The work is predominantly underground and integrates itself in the landscape harmoniously. The entrance is a 15-meter long tunnel, once inside, viewers can sit along a circumferential bench and view the sky through the oval skylight. In addition to this natural light that filters through the space, a custom lighting solution was programmed by Turrell, in close collaboration with Zumtobel.
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