The scientific and figurative diary of an unique experience by the Californian artist James Turrell: the transformation of an extinct volcano into a "monument to perception"
A visionary work in which architecture, engineering, astronomy, archeo-astronomy, physics, geology and anthropology are fused to create a place of light, space and time. The artistic project illustrated in this volume consists in the creation, within the crater of an extinct volcano in the Painted Desert, northwest Arizona, of a suite of underground rooms, connected by tunnels and so laid out as to let in the desert light by day and night, offering it to visitors in modes experimented in vitro by James Turrell in his famous light installations.
The artist’s purpose is to induce a dilatation of the sensory organs so that the visitor learns to become receptive to every photonic presence, whether arriving from the sun or moon or from stars which are light years away; but also to every sound coming either from our terrestrial environment or arriving from the immense sidereal space that surrounds us.
The volume documents the project and the individual rooms of which it is composed through digital models capable of foreshadowing not only the completed work in terms of architecture and landscape, but also its function as a naked-eye observatory of particular astronomical events