Wednesday, May 20, 2009

James Turrell's House of Light

Last night, half of our group spent the night in James Turrell's House of Light. It is an art installation that is part of the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial. Turrell designed this somewhat traditional Japanese house, except the roof slides away and allows for a "light experince" of sorts. The roof slides away after sunset and with the darkening of the sky, the ceiling of the room changes colors. We saw a piece by Turrell when we were on Naoshima, but it was nice to be able to experince this one for an extended period of time. The bath downstairs was amazing. It was all concrete and completely dark except for stands of fiber-optic cables that gave an eerie glow. The best part about the experience for me was the fct that we were so far away from the city. You could really tell by the air quality. While we were laying on the tatami mats, watching the ceiling, you could hear leaves rustling and frogs croaking...and that was it. Overall, a great experience.

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