James Turrell's Twilight Epiphany Skyscape

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James Turrell's Twilight Epiphany Skyscape

James Turrell's Twilight Epiphany Skyscape
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Rice Boulevard Entrance 18 West Lot 1, Houston, TX 77005
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Karen M
3 contributions
Not on no notice
Jun 2021 • Solo
I got up at 5am to go to the sunrise show on Wednesday the 2nd of June. I checked their website before I left there was nothing on the website it was not going to be on Wednesday the 2nd. There was no note on the entrance nothing. It was disappointing.
Written 2 June 2021
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Ted John N
1 contribution
Inspiring
Feb 2020 • Couples
Incredible. See it before dawn and dusk. It's absolutely beautiful. Quiet. Don't go if you can't be quite and relaxed. You'll just be bored. Otherwise, go to rest and relax.
Written 22 June 2020
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CJC
Champaign, IL15 contributions
Incredible
Jan 2020 • Couples
Had seen 2 other Turrell installations - PS 1 (MOMA) and in Bentonville’s Crystal Bridges. He’s amazing. Went here about 40 minutes before sunrise. Easy to park at Rice because it was intercession. Amazing colors projected onto the underside of the roof. Clear sky changes color, both in the roof’s aperture and at the roof edges, as Those projected colors cycle through. The experience is definitely worth getting up early.
Written 7 January 2020
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lisabinnyc
New York City, NY305 contributions
A Beautiful 15 Minutes
Dec 2019 • Couples
Having seen other Turrell installations I have to say I was a bit disappointed with Skyspace. Perhaps it’s the very slow pace of the light transitions? Still, it does make for a lovely start to an evening. (Any artistic experience is worthwhile. ) My husband who is really down on contemporary art eventually relented that it was, “pretty cool”. Yes it is. Pretty cool.
Written 23 December 2019
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Robert S
Lawrence, KS2,663 contributions
Meditative Light Space
Dec 2019
James Turrell is a light & Space artist.
This "skyspace on the Rice U. campus is one of about 80 around the world.
It is an open structure with a large square roof that has a square cutout in the middle afford a view of the sky.
During the two "events" - sunrise & sunset, the roof is lit on the underside by a sequence of different color lights. During the 40 minute event the sky gets brighter or darker depending on the time.
I went to a sunset event, and the lights were mellow and restful. nothing else happens. There is no music or other sounds - this is not a dramatic light show.
The best place for photos is outside.
Written 19 December 2019
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Battyw
Hook, UK158 contributions
A stunning experience
May 2019 • Business
I was particularly cynical prior to visiting the Skyspace exhibit but this is an experience I would recommend to all.
Fantastically calming effect created by James Turrell and his clever use of light against the darkening Houston sky.
Wonderful
Written 17 July 2019
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Stephen K
Corpus Christi, TX1,377 contributions
Worth a visit but don’t expect to be overwhelmed by a big light show
Jun 2019 • Couples
We had read a little about the Trurrell skyscape so we had a general idea, but still were a little unsure of what to expect. We arrived 1 hour early in order to get a good seat. We visited with Alex, the docent on duty. She was a very charming Rice student who was very conversant about the installation as well as art and literature in general. She explained that this was a contemplative exhibit; she confirmed when I suggested perhaps in the spirit of the Rothko Chapel. Alex mentioned that most people prefer to sit in the lower level because you are shielded from the ambient lights of the Houston skyline. Just before sunset, the lights begin and the idea is to look thru the opening above to notice the changes in how the sky appears as the colors of the lights change. After all, what we perceive is viewed through the light around us.

When the lights started to appear, they were very subtle. One color at a time. Most of the audience did not appear to get the message that this would not be a colorful laser light show; there continued to be a fairly loud conversation buzz, which disrupted from the environment conducive of inward contemplation.

I suggest arriving early (30 minutes before sunset) and sitting on the lower level. The parking garage is very close ($10 credit card only, but the installation itself is free). Rice is a beautiful campus and the Skyscape building itself is very interesting. Temper your expectations and realize you will not be seeing a laser light show. We will be back.
Written 3 June 2019
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wrappedinplastic
Houston, TX36 contributions
A very pleasant surprise
Nov 2018 • Friends
I enjoyed this so much more than I thought I would. I probably would never have gone if I hadn’t had family members from out of town visiting that were interested in seeing it. We attended the sunset show and initially sat upstairs. We were easily able to find seats, but it filled up pretty quickly after we got there. I thought we’d stay for 20 minutes, get bored and leave, but we stayed for the entire duration. It was so incredible how my perception of things changed as the sky turned from blue to black. We eventually went downstairs to get a different perspective, which was equally mesmerizing. I was so impressed by this and am interested in checking out his installations in other cities. It’s free to go (aside from paying for parking), so definitely worth it!
Written 4 April 2019
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Traveler2009
Toronto, Canada1,093 contributions
Unexpectedly spectacular
Dec 2018 • Couples
I was a bit worried after the so so reviews posted. Seeing the impact the different lights have on how the sky looks like, was awesome. And totally unexpected. There is no music with the entire experience being very visual. Once the light show starts , the views are spectacular from the outside, observing the overall structure and from the inside looking up towards the sky. The views from level up the stairs was not so impressive. I would suggest to visit and experience all three levels ; clearly a case of experiencing different points of view ... The attraction is located on the Rice University campus. If you drive, the closet parking lot is west 2. Payment is by credit card only. Once you park, walk back past the side where the entrance to the lot is. Keep walking about 50 meters back on the one way street that reaches the parking lot and you will find the installation in the middle of a large open space.

This attraction is probably best experienced when it’s warm outside. I would strongly recommend it and I will return if in the area
Written 1 January 2019
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Spade106
Ottawa, Canada50 contributions
Over-rated
Jul 2018 • Family
Neat concept, but ultimately disappointing. The web site and other reviews really hype this spot. But find it was quite overrated. Light effects were a simply cycling of different colours, little different than you might have enjoyed in the plane.
Written 19 July 2018
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