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Light Craft: Art and Architecture Merge at Rice

Architectural Record, July 23, 2012 by Beth Broome Turrell started his series of Skyspaces—enclosed rooms with an aperture open to the sky—in the 1970s, and to date he has created 73 across the world. In the early days, he would often make his works by cutting through existing buildings, such as his Meeting at New York's MoMA PS1. But, to avoid irritating architects, as he says (and perhaps being irritated by them as well), he graduated to creating autonomous structures: buildings with holes designed in them, and no real function, much like a folly or gazebo.   Dubbed Twilight Epiphany,…

Turrell Skyspace Opens in June at Rice University

By Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle May, 6, 2012 Ever twirl yourself dizzy as a kid, with your neck craned toward the sky? That's how I felt recently watching a sunset light show from inside the new James Turrell Skyspace at Rice University. But it was clouds moving — not me. I sat on a granite bench inside a grassy pyramid whose open ceiling hovers like a spaceship, viewing the advancing dusk through a square oculus in the ceiling's center. The sky also drifted by in a long horizontal line between the ceiling and the upper deck. A breeze blew softly…