The highly anticipated “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace, designed by American artist James Turrell, will open to the public today with a sunset light show. The abstract pyramidal structure complements the natural light present at sunrise and sunset, creating a mesmerizing light show that connects the beauty of the natural world with the surrounding campus. This experience is enhanced by an LED light performance that projects onto the 72-by-72-foot thin white roof, which offers views to the sky through a 14-by-14-foot opening. Additionally, the Turrell Skyspace is acoustically engineered for musical performances and serves as a laboratory for music school students, as it stands adjacent to the Shepher School of Music on the Rice University campus in Houston, Texas.
David Leebron, Rice University President: “The campus has to play its role in inspiring our students.”
Continue after the break to watch a sneak preview of the Turrell Skyspace light show.
Architect: John Douglas Architects
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Project Year: 2009
Client: City of Scottsdale
Contractor: Howard S. Wright Construction
Structural Engineer: PK & Associates
MP Engineer: ESD Engineering
Theater Consultant: Fisher Dachs
Acoustics Consultant: MCH Consultants
Lighting Consultants: Roger Smith
Photography: John Douglas Architects