Located at the end of a hiking trail in the Rocky Mountains, the latest of James Turrell’s Skyspace installations invites visitors to commune with nature.
The Green Mountain Falls Skyspace ‘observatory’ is located inside an unassuming stone building, set in the foothills of Colorado’s Pikes Peak. It’s a continuation of an ongoing project by the American artist, which has seen him construct over 80 Skyspaces – all of which comprise a single chamber, with a round, oval or square ceiling aperture.
As with Turrell’s other work, light plays a significant role at Green Mountain Falls, which has a rectangular skylight surrounded by colour-changing LEDs. In a departure from many other Skyspaces, however, the aperture can also be opened in good weather. The experience is emphasised by the installation’s polished granite floor, which reflects the sky above.
There’s space for 25 people inside the Green Mountain Falls Skyspace chamber, which has heated concrete benches to enjoy the view.