The Color Inside // James Turrell // Black basalt, plaster & LED lights // 2013
I love James Turrell and his Skyspaces. Whenever I have a chance to experience one I go, even if it is a bit out of the way. So when I was in Austin I knew I had to go to Turrell’s “The Color Inside” at University of Texas at Austin. Located on the rooftop of UT Austin’s Student Activity Center, this Skyspace marks Turrell’s 84th. As visitors enter the oval structure they are invited to sit on the bench that juts out from the wall. If you sit down, you find yourself in a reclining position which provides optimal viewing of the oval hole in the ceiling. Lights slowly change color, juxtaposing against the color of the sky. If you reserve a spot in advance you are able to watch the sun set whilst sitting in this Skypsace which provides for a unique viewing experience.
It is only fitting that in the hip and trendy city of Austin, Texas there is no shortage of street art. Large, colorful murals adorn the streets which seem to exude life into this bustling city. Some of Austin’s street art has become so popular that not only are they marked on Google Maps, but there are stands next to the work of art signaling people where to stand in line. This is due to the crowds of people ready to take selfies. The “I love you so much” work has one of those signs. I was lucky enough to only have to wait behind two groups of people before it was my turn.
Located in the heart of Austin is an outdoor art gallery. Specifically, a graffiti park titled HOPE Outdoor Gallery. Okay, but what makes this one so special? Anyone over the age of 18 is eligible to contribute to the gallery. This paint park is designed for graffiti and street artists to leave their masterpieces in the open air gallery. If you are interested in painting your own work of art at HOPE Outdoor Gallery simply email firstname.lastname@example.org to register!