Seeing is unbelieving

15 July, 2017

"Rather than light being something that reveals, itself becomes the revelation.  We use light to illuminate things.  I want to reveal its thinnest, so you don't mould it like clay, or carve it like wood, its more like a sound.  Those colours to me are a melody."

James Turrell, light artist

No one has influenced my thinking and understanding of light more than James Turrell.  I've been lucky enough to visit much of his art, which usually involves the architecture of the space too.  We deliberately try to use light sparingly in our projects to enable you to see more.  When an eye has less light, it opens and its not until the pupil actually dilates that the feeling of touch emerges.  In darker conditions your pupils enlarge in order to allow in more light.  In this instance, you are touching light with your eyes and your body.  It's easy to think the sky is blue, but we forget that it has been awarded this colour through molecules scattering blue light towards us, these begin to disappear at sunset and reappear at sun rise.  The real colour of the sky is blackness.  Beautiful and considered architecture can operate in the same way as nature.  If I change your circumstance or context of vision in my architecture then I can change the colour of the sky, or colour of the space you are experiencing and I can control how your pupils dilate.  For me, thats a cool thing.  Turrell's seminal art work is located in the Roden Crater which he purchased in the northern Arizonian desert.  It represents the culmination of his lifelong research into the field of human visual and psychological perception.  The dream is to do a Workshop summer trip to this extinct volcanic crater.