Turrell is an American artist whose primary working materials are
light, space and perception. His work is meant to be taken in Slowly,
quietly, and over time.
the Roden Crater Project, which he considers to
be his life's work, Turrell is transforming a dormant volcano in
the Arizona desert into a vessel for enhanced human experience and
an eternal work of art. Since 1979, Turrell has been deducated to this large-scale work that relays - through the medium
of light - the expanded universe of the surrounding sky, land, and
top of the crater is being re-shaped into a hemispherical dish that
will function as a huge Skyspace (enabling the phenomenon of celestial
vaulting) and a number of sculptural, underground chambers inside
the mountain that will respond as nature's sources of light--the
sun, moon and stars--move through the sky. At times, the changes
in the spaces will unfold slowly over long periods of time, at other
times in a matter of moments.
has undertaken his project at Roden Crater with clarity, intention,
and beyond any normal constraints of time. We herald it as an exemplary Slow project with enduring
scientific, cultural, creative, and spiritual significance.