Twilight Epiphany

JA+U : Twilight Epiphany by James Turrell
The new art piece sits on the university's campus in Houston Texas. The white square roof – 22-by-22 meter (72-by-72 foot) – hovers 3.7 meters (12 feet) over a mound covered with grass. Seating areas are located under and atop the mound. Viewers can observe the sky from a 3.7-by-3.7 meter (12-by-12 foot) opening in the center of the roof.

JA+U : Twilight Epiphany by James Turrell
LED lighting – embedded in the upper seating area – is reflected on the white ceiling. The viewer’s visual perception of the sky framed within the oculus changes according to the hue of the artificial light washing the ceiling.

JA+U : Twilight Epiphany by James Turrell
As the artist says, the sky can be seen as almost any color, but when photographed, the perceived color will not show up in the camera. “This is a gentle reminder that because we give the sky its color and can then change the color of the sky, we create the reality in which we live. The light that we make is something that changes the reality of how we perceive the sky. We do create the world in which we live to a much larger extent than we are willing to take responsibility for.”
 

The installation’s lighting occurs daily at sunrise and sunset.