TEMPE, AZ.- The ASU Art Museum
in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts announced that Arizona State University is home to Air Apparent, one of artist James Turrells extraordinary Skyspaces.
The ASU Skyspace is located near the intersection of Rural and Terrace roads, just northeast of the new Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 4 (ISTB4), on the universitys Tempe campus. It sits adjacent to the newly dedicated Diane and Bruce Halle Skyspace Garden, designed by landscape architect Christy Ten Eyck.
The universitys proven commitment to innovation, to engagement in the arts and to research that crosses boundaries are the reasons why James Turrell chose ASU to house this ambitious project, said ASU President Michael Crow. Like much of the work that takes place here, the Skyspace is a project with roots in multiple disciplines physics, the arts, philosophy that transcends those categories to emerge as something unique and truly extraordinary. ISTB4s design reflects the transdisciplinary spirit of ASU, accommodating research programs from both science and engineering, and by encouraging frequent interaction of both worlds.
Faculty and research staff in ISTB4 are renowned for designing instruments to enable scientific exploration of other worlds. New and sophisticated laboratories for instrument development in ISTB4 will further increase ASUs leadership in that regard. In addition to complex labs, ISTB4 provides public outreach spaces on the first and second floor that invite visitors into the scientific and engineering challenges that invigorate studies of Earth and the universe.
Turrell, an internationally renowned artist who is best known for his ongoing Roden Crater project in northern Arizona, works with light and space to make art that heightens awareness by affecting the eye, body and mind, offering the public what critic David Pagel calls a spa for consciousness. His Skyspaces are contemplative architectural environments, usually intimate chambers, in which viewers are invited to experience light as an almost tangible presence.
Phoenix architect Will Bruder, whose team worked with Turrell on the project, noted that the architecture of the Air Apparent is a contemporary interpretation of ancient Hohokam shade ramadas, pit houses and baskets. Redefined in a minimal sculptural formwork of 21st century concrete and steel, it is designed to give body to the work of James Turrell.
ASU Art Museum Director Gordon Knox called Turrell one of the most respected and revered artists working today, a genius at the intersection of art and science, whose work delivers the viewer to an unknown suspended place between earth and sky.
Lisa Sette, director of the Lisa Sette Gallery in Scottsdale, which represents Turrell, said of Air Apparent, This work will become a destination for students, the community at large and art lovers from around the globe, as is so often the case with a James Turrell work.