Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting will soon be expanding viewing dates for its James Turrell Skyspace installation thanks to spring’s warmer temperatures.
Sunrise viewing opportunities will return with the first dawn opening scheduled for Easter Sunday on April 5.
The experience is a beautiful, meditative way to celebrate the holiday, says CHFM clerk, Jon Landau.
“Watching night turn into day under the Skyspace is always an inspiring way to begin anew,” he said.
“Greeting the Light”, Turrell’s 76th Skyspace, is the visual center of the Quaker meetinghouse, which celebrated its first anniversary last fall. In July, Turrell was awarded the National Medal of Arts, the highest award bestowed upon artists by the U.S. government.
Because the installation’s retractable roof opens directly to the sky and elements, opportunity to view the slow art phenomenon was reduced to Sunday evenings free of precipitation and with temperatures above 40 degrees for the winter.
Beginning April 1, visitors can view the Skyspace each Sunday evening at sunset, and every first and third Sunday morning at sunrise. Sunset viewings will also take place the first and third Friday evenings at dusk.
Guests should plan on arriving 15 minutes before the 50-minute viewing commences and are reminded to dress warmly on cold days.
Reservations can be made through CHFM’s website.