The Wolfsburg Project.
Photographs by James Turrell. Text by Markus Bruderlin, Richard Andrews and Annelie Lutgens.
Hatje Cantz, 2010. 184 pp., 125 color illustrations, 12¼x9½".
James Turrell (born 1943) has been
working with light in all its manifestations
since the 1960s.Moving
beyond the purely scientific investigation
of optical phenomena, his
works are designed to induce
extraordinary experiences for the
viewer, through the manipulation
of light and color. The artist has
been pursing this aim since 1974,
when he began transforming the
Roden Crater—an extinct volcano
in the Arizona desert—into an
observatory, inside of which visitors
can immerse themselves in
the embrace of an unusually pure
experience of light. Turrell is currently
realizing his largest installation
to date in the 18-by-30-meter
hall at the Kunstmuseum
Wolfsburg. This work resembles
the Roden Crater project, inverted
and rotated 90 degrees; it thus
provides a foretaste of Turrell’s still
incomplete epic masterpiece. This
richly illustrated publication documents
and contextualizes the
genesis of this extraordinary and
ambitious work of art.
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