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May 2, 2011

"Within without" — James Turrell

His 2010 Skyspace (above and below) was commissioned by the National Gallery of Australia.

From the Skyspace website:

"Within without" is a major new Skyspace by American artist James Turrell, one of his largest and most complex to date. Light is Turrell's medium, and his Skyspace is a viewing chamber that affects the way we perceive the sky. Commissioned by the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, "Within without" is located in the Gallery's new Australian Garden on the south side of the building.


We enter the work via a long sloping walkway. Inside is a large square-based pyramid with soft red ochre interior walls. A stupa made of Victorian basalt rises at the centre, highlighted by turquoise water. The stupa contains the viewing chamber — a simple domed space, open to the sky. A moonstone, set into the centre of the floor, echoes the oculus above.

Within the Skyspace, light seems more painterly. Movement and sound are intensified, the sky shimmers and pulsates. "Within without" is at its most dramatic and complex at dawn and dusk, marking the transition between night and day.

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