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Roden Crater, Sunset © James Turrell, photography by Florian Holzherr

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Become a Friend of James Turrell's Roden Crater

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East Portal © James Turrell, photography by Florian Holzherr

Between Earth and Sky

James Turrell has inspired generations through his work, which is primarily a numinous exploration of light and space. Roden Crater, an unprecedented large-scale artwork within a volcanic cinder cone, represents the culmination of Turrell’s lifelong research in the field of human visual and psychological perception.

Set in a stage that resonates directly with geologic time, Roden Crater’s chambers and tunnels create an ever-changing theater of natural phenomena by isolating and intensifying the light of the sun, moon, stars and planets. The Crater connects its guests to the multitude of celestial bodies seen from Earth and the light that reaches us from the beginning of time.

At its heart, Turrell’s Roden Crater represents an extraordinary convergence of art, architecture, physics, astronomy, the ancient history of naked-eye observatories and technology. Once complete, it will be a monumental work of art and living observatory open to students and the public for generations to come.

I wanted the work to be enfolded in nature in such a way that light from the sun, moon and stars empowered the spaces...I wanted an area where you had a sense of standing on the planet.

James Turrell


Become a Friend of Roden Crater

Friends of Roden Crater is a supporting membership to provide financial support for the construction and operation of Roden Crater. The Crater has a long history of support from individuals, foundations and organizations. This extra-ordinary work of art is a monumental construction project and requires an ambitious fundraising effort. As a Friend of Roden Crater, your donation will help us complete the construction and move Roden Crater closer to a public opening. In thanks for your support, you will be among the first to receive updates on the project and advanced notice of the public opening.

Friends of Roden Crater is a partnership of the Turrell Art Foundation, a public charity working in conjunction with the Skystone Foundation to garner support for Roden Crater. Contributions directly support Roden Crater.

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  • Artist Projects — Support Light, Feb 7, 2020