5. Salzburg Art Project
James Turrell | Sky-Space

Sculpture project on Mönchsberg, Salzburg

In conjunction with the fifth Salzburg Art Project, the American artist James Turrell, renowned for his installations in light, has created a “SKY-SPACE” on Mönchsberg mountain. This is a walk-in art space in the shape of an elliptical cylinder which has seating for visitors along the walls and is open to the sky at the top. The visible excerpt of the sky with its variations in light and color becomes an integral part of the work.

The natural play of light, the changing angle of the sun’s rays, and the cloud formations visible through the roof aperture at various times of day, lead to ever-new visual perceptions and impressions. The “SKY-SPACE” is especially compelling at dawn and twilight. Light becomes part of the architecture, can be physically experienced, and has the effect of a trompe-l’œil. By means of subtle changes in the color of the artificial light shed by concealed fluorescent lamps encircling the dazzling white interior, the artist succeeds in intensifying this visual experience still further.