encounter james turrell's skyspace at culiacan botanical garden
 
encounter james turrell's skyspace at culiacan botanical garden
aug 13, 2015

encounter james turrell's skyspace at culiacan botanical garden

lush green botanical gardens of culiacan, mexico is the recently inaugurated home of james turrell‘s immersive work ‘encounter‘, the first public skyspace in latin america. renowned for forming perceptual light experiences that create an atmosphere of reflection and introspection, turrell has realized ‘encounter’ specifically for the site’s natural setting.

 

the intimate observatory bears an elliptical shape, which visitors enter through a narrow aperture set within a grassy dome. once inside, an opening at the crown of the chamber allows viewers to experience the interaction between the evolving colors of the sky, and the changing, luminous hues projected on a circular orb surrounding. the altered perspective intensifies the effect that the tonal range between dawn and dusk innately generates in our conscience and human awareness.

james turrell skyspace
projected light changes the perception of the sky
image courtesy of savvy studio

james turrell skyspace
‘encounter’ has recently been reazlied in mexico’s botanical gardens of culiacan
image courtesy of savvy studio

james turrell skyspace
image courtesy of savvy studio

james turrell skyspace
viewers experience the evolving colors of the sky
image courtesy of savvy studio

james turrell skyspace
image © josé luis arellano

james turrell skyspace
visitors enter the skyspace through a narrow aperture set within a grassy dome
image courtesy of savvy studio

 

 


conversation between artist james turrell and director of LACMA michael govan
video courtesy of jardín botánico culiacán

 

 

 

new york based savvy studio has developed a system of branding for ‘encounter’ that emphasizes turrell’s fascination with light phenomena and gives the medium an almost tangible quality. gradients implemented throughout the promotional material and catalog mimic the shifting hues generated within the skyspace — an extension of the experience lived within ‘encounter’. the project’s graphic language portrays this occurence in an abstract manner rather than through descriptive information.

james turrell skyspace
gradients reflect the shifting views of the installation ‘encounter’
images courtesy of savvy studio

james turrell skyspace
the promotional material and catalog draw from the skyspace’s color palette

james turrell skyspace

james turrell skyspace
the branding is an extension of the experience lived within ‘encounter’

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