Installation artist James Turrell, at Roden Crater in northern Arizona in 2001. Credit Florian Holzherr
I am always on the lookout for something or someone new and interdisciplinary to bring to the STEAM Hub. James Turrell, an installation artist and son of an aeronautical engineer and Peace Corps doctor, seems to have that beautiful mix of aesthetic creativity partnered with science that is so interesting to me. It came as no surprise that his undergraduate studies focused on psychology and mathematics; only later, in graduate school, did he pursue art, receiving an MFA from the Claremont Graduate School in Claremont, California.
Here are a few of his Arizona projects to wet your whistle. When it cools off just a little, I think a James Turrell art road trip is in order.
The natural cinder cone crater is now home to a land art project and naked eye observatory thirty plus years in the making that will blow your mind.
A Sky Space Art Installation by James Turrell and Will Bruder at the ASU Tempe campus.
Another Turrell public sky space located at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.