Best (Creative) Use of Natural Light Phoenix 2012 - James Turrell
Internationally acclaimed artist James Turrell isn't easy to find. He's often completing commissions for his sky spaces for private collectors, museums, and public establishments around the country. But Turrell, who's based in Arizona, recently spent a long time on the Arizona State University Campus in Tempe envisioning his latest project. Off of Rural Road, just behind the light-rail stop, is a (still-unnamed, as of press time) installation. Turrell enlisted local architect Will Bruder to help him build a public skyspace that allows viewers to see the sky through a well-lit frame. The concept is hard to describe, but if you step inside any of Turrell's structures and view his lit experiments, you'll understand his fascination with natural light (and you'll never again see the sky as just blue). He finds ways to play with light paths and the changing colors of the sky to create spaces including Knight Rise at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and his very mysterious (and not yet open to the public) project inside of Roden Crater.