Skyspace at Live Oak Friends Meeting House, Houston, Texas (2000)

Skyspace at Live Oak Friends Meeting House, Houston, Texas, 2000
Retracted skyspace shows light changing as sun sets
Photo by Joe Aker
Courtesy the artist and Live Oak Friends

"The Meeting is actually like the Gunpowder Meeting, or some of the earlier American Quaker Meetings...The long house form is something that was tradition...that's what I started with as an idea. But then making this in terms of the sizing and the use that was asked for by Live Oak Meeting- I mean it's a very traditional form, except it's convertible. The top opens, and it makes a sky space where sky is really brought down to you; your awareness of it is made quite different. It was a little bit of a novel idea, that it's a roof that opens."
- James Turrell