james turrell projects the color inside at UT austin's roof
james turrell projects the color inside at UT austin's roof james turrell projects the color inside at UT austin's roof
jan 06, 2014

james turrell projects the color inside at UT austin's roof

james turrell projects the color inside at UT austin’s roof
photo by florian holzherr / courtesy of landmarks



‘the color inside’ is the eighty-fourth skyspace created by james turrell, a series which sees the renowned american artist using light and space as the mediums in experiential and continuously changing artworks. the new installation situated on the roof of the student activity center at the university of texas at austin — the latest project from landmarks — invites the public into the luminous and ethereal environment turrell has created. for the 25 viewers that can situate comfortably inside the white-plaster walls of the elliptical volume, a shifting sequence of sky, sun, and chromatic saturation becomes visible through a gaping void at the structure’s crown. the black basalt bench lining the reclining walls seat those who gaze upwards, where a morphing arrangement of pink, purple, white, green and yellow LED lights are unleashed onto the ceiling. as the sun sets and rises, the ever-transitioning display of hues seen through the circular aperture both dramatically contrast, and strikingly match the projected colors. the celestial and dynamic performance embodies turrell’s creative vision, as he has said, ‘I’ve always wanted to make a light that looks like the light you see in your dream’.



james turrell: university of texas at austin skyspace, ‘the color inside’
video courtesy of the university of texas at austin



‘the color inside’ by james turrell
image courtesy of landmarks / the university of texas at austin



a circular aperture opens up to colorful views of the sky
photo by florian holzherr / courtesy of landmarks



two visitors gaze at the shifting sequence of sky above
photo by florian holzherr / courtesy of landmarks



interior views of the shifting light within the interior of the structure
(left) photo by florian holzherr / courtesy of landmarks
(right) photo by serena hayden / courtesy of landmarks



the elliptical volume situated on the roof of the university of texas at austin
photos by florian holzherr / courtesy of landmarks


  • First photo feels like looking to the sky from the Toilet seat. Captivating

    Martin says:
  • To say that the relationship between artist and viewer has reached a new low would be an understatement. There is nothing new about this lowly creation whatsoever. Why am I to give any amount of head-space to some guy who happened to be in the right place at the right time?

    Ernst Breithaupt says:

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