Visit my Arkansas every Monday for a look at what’s going on in the world of arts and culture.
The opening of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville on 11-11-11 was the most exciting Arkansas tourism event of the year for me. As I look ahead at 2012, I’m now overwhelmed and ecstatic about all the programming we have to look forward to this year and beyond.
I’ve been to the museum four times but still haven’t stepped foot in the Skyspace installation The Way of Color designed by world-renowned artist James Turrell. So I hope to catch one of the upcoming Skyspace discussions. In January they take place on the 4th, 6th, 11th, 13th, 18th and 20th. On those Wednesdays and Fridays just before sunset, head to the Skyspace located near the intersection of the Crystal Bridges Trail and the Art Trail. It is reachable on foot or by bicycle. The discussion lasts about 40 minutes from the time of sunset. It’s recommended that you arrive about 30 minutes before sunset. No tickets are necessary, and seating is first come, first served. The space can accommodate up to 25 visitors at a time.
The Skyspace uses light as a brush and the sky as a canvas, or in other words, is a structure that allows the viewer to experience the ever-changing aspects of light and space. It is partially set into a hillside at the southern edge of the museum property near Compton Gardens.
Made of native stone, it is a circular structure measuring about 16 feet in diameter and featuring a viewing room with benches. The Skyspace contains a 10-foot diameter naked eye observatory for sky viewing that includes an artificial lighting experience that alters the sky’s hues and is timed to sunset.
Sounds intriguing to me? The Skyspace discussions take place throughout the year. When are you planning your trip to the museum and Skyspace? If you’ve already been, what did you think about it?