First James Turrell Skyspace in Colorado to be inaugurated this summer in Green Mountain Falls, a growing arts and culture destination

Published: April 26, 2021   •   By: Rachel Shortt


GREEN MOUNTAIN FALLS, Colo. – This weekend, Green Box celebrated the groundbreaking of a captivating new Skyspace by James Turrell, the legendary light and space artist. Opening in summer 2021, the installation is the first Skyspace in Colorado and the first to be nestled into the side of a mountain. Overlooking a lake and bathed by the rustling of aspens, the Green Mountain Falls Skyspace will be composed of natural stones and wood species, materials specific to Colorado. The immersive installation, which will be named by the artist upon completion, will be a harmonious addition and wholly distinctive to Green Mountain Falls, while preserving its natural setting. In addition, a new trailhead will deliver hikers directly to the sheltered Skyspace in the hills above. The Skyspace installation was commissioned by the Historic Green Mountain Falls Foundation.


“Through this momentous James Turrell installation, Green Box invites you to contemplate the wonder, calm and connection of something truly unexpected and life-affirming,” said Green Box Co-Founder Christian Keesee. “The Green Box team looks forward to sharing this one-of-a-kind experiential work of art, and the rest of the extraordinary 2021 slate of programming, with our audiences this summer.”


“It is our hope that visitors looking for renewed inspiration and meaningful new perspectives will return to the serenity of Green Mountain Falls and James Turrell’s meditative new Skyspace year after year,” added Green Box Co-Founder Larry Keigwin.


At an elevation of 7,800 feet, amid the foothills of Pikes Peak, Green Mountain Falls is an idyllic retreat a short 90-minute drive from Denver and 20 minutes from the heart of Colorado Springs. An instant pilgrimage destination, the Turrell Skyspace will attract global arts enthusiasts, first to Green Mountain Falls, and ultimately on a journey through an entrancing conifer forest for a transcendent reward.


“Green Box couldn’t be more pleased to welcome this site-specific Skyspace to the beautiful Green Mountain Falls landscape,” said Green Box Deputy Director Scott RC Levy. “As it showcases the Colorado sky and seasons, viewers will be enveloped in a rare, personal and rewarding sensory experience.”


Iconic American artist James Turrell (born 1943) is known for cultivating peaceful and powerful environmental works of art that focus on human perception. His interest in the physical presence of light and space derives in part from his Quaker heritage. Turrell’s autonomous Skyspaces, with ceiling apertures open to the sky, may be understood as creative observatories – a combination of architecture, sculpture and atmosphere perfectly positioned in nature. The Green Mountain Falls Skyspace is one of more than 85 that the artist has designed and built across the globe.

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