James Turrell: Irish Sky Garden
On November 17th we visited James Turrell’s Irish Sky Garden at Liss Ard Estate in Skibbereen, Co. Cork. Best know for his long running project, Roden Crater in Arizona, the relatively undiscovered mini cater in Cork is typical of Turrell’s work; being with concerned with space and light. The Irish Sky Garden is an oval shaped, grass lined crater, entered through a long dark megalithic-like passage. The space has been constructed to view the sky while lying on large stones placed in the centre of the crater. The crater’s edge, hovering in your peripheral vision, perfectly frames the infinite and endlessly changing sky.
“The most important thing is that inside turns into outside and the other way around, in the sense that relationships between the Irish landscape and sky changes.” – James Turrell