Turrell Skyspace

Turrell Skyspace

One of the signature pieces at the National Gallery in Canberra is a James Turrell Skyspace called Within Without 2010. It’s quite simply one of the most arresting experiences of our travels so far.

IMG_6875Sitting in a dome, we looked up through a circular aperture at the early evening sky. Natural light, something we should feel entirely comfortable with. But then, a cycle of colours on the dome’s walls is timed to interact with the changing sky and play tricks on our perception.

The simple act of witnessing the sky this way, notably at dawn and dusk, reveals how we internally create the colours we see and hence, our perceived reality.

There are 80 Turrell Skyspaces around the world. He says, “My work has no object, no image and no focus. 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.”

Hopefully, the images we took (below) give you an idea of what we experienced.

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  1. We saw one of the Skyspaces yesterday at Houghton Hall in Norfolk, along with new site specific pieces by Richard Long. What a coincidence! It’s interesting how the simple act of framing something, in this case the sky, changes your perception. I found it one of the most mindful experiences I’ve had this year.

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