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PHOTOS BY CASEY DUNN AND JULIE PIZZO WOOD.

The space feels most intimate of all just before dawn. With few visitors and enveloped in darkness, the programmed light begins to conjure up new and unexpected combinations that are different from but just as exquisite as the show the night before. It is not just that the programmed light changes for the morning view, but the event also encourages a realization that the color mixed with light is both fleeting and memorable. Turrell described that act of memory to LACMA when he said, “If we define art as part of the realm of experience, we can assume that after a viewer looks at a piece, he leaves with the art, because the ‘art’ has been experienced.” As the first morning light approaches, it seems natural to replay the weekend. The Live Oak Friends Meeting House Skyspace is peacefully contemplative and beautifully serene. MFAH offers “The Light Inside” not just as a pedestrian pathway, but also as an integral and compelling exhibition in the museum sequence; it is as much about being there as getting there. And Rice University’s “Twilight Epiphany” can be appreciated intimately from within or as a glowing object in the landscape, in natural light or through the programmed focus on surprising color relationships. All of Turrell’s Houston spaces heighten the perception and awareness of light and its properties, allowing the viewer to participate in ways unexpected and illuminating. Prior to visiting the three Turrell installations, please verify specific times and availability at the following websites: www.friendshouston.org, www.mfah.org, and www. skyspace.rice.edu. Nonya Grenader, FAIA, is a professor in practice at Rice University School of Architecture.

7/8 2013

Texas Architect 39

(Preview) Texas Architect July/August 2013: Light  

Sketches that bring sunlight and moonlight into spaces in creative, playful ways; otherworldly experiments in color centered on the early mo...

(Preview) Texas Architect July/August 2013: Light  

Sketches that bring sunlight and moonlight into spaces in creative, playful ways; otherworldly experiments in color centered on the early mo...