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A Long Now Moment: James Turrell’s Roden Crater

James Turrell

Sometimes it’s important to view time in bigger chunks, to look at projects as something monumental. James Turrell’s earth work sculpture Roden Crater was started in 1979 and will be open to the public in 2011.

This silent film gives a peek inside the project. The visuals are impressive.

The Roden Crater strikes me as one of the new wonders of the world. Makes me smile that we mortals are still capable of this kind of thing.

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  1. Turrell's work is usually not so much about the earth — in the same way as Smithson and Goldsworthy. Turrell is interested in light – sunlight, starlight, moonlight, artificial light. Roden Crater is a monumental earthwork for capturing and viewing a certain kind of light.

    I hope to get out tomorrow to see Goldsworthy's new piece in San Francisco's Presidio.

  2. Thanks Cliff, I actually didn't know about this, even though earth works are a favorite of mine. The first one I was exposed to (beyond the small scale hippie efforts of my youth) was Smithson's Spiral Jetty and seemed to make the connection between art & nature. The Goldsworthy documentary is like meditation to me and has inspired me to go back into the woods and leave constructs for others to find…

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