There is just two weeks left to see the exhibition of modern lightworks by renowned American artist James Turrell at Houghton Hall.
LightScape: James Turrell at Houghton will close on the night of Saturday, October 24, coinciding with the end of daylight saving time as clocks go back by one hour for winter.
Mr Turrell, regarded as one of the world’s greatest living artists, specialises in interpreting light and space and has used the skyscape as a dramatic canvas for his art works, the centrepiece of which is a specially created illumination of the entire west façade of the hall.
The exhibition over the summer has been hailed by art critics and the public alike – described as “Mind-bending art” by The Guardian and “A must-go destination”by the Sunday Telegraph, while The Financial Times said “The illumination…turns the house into an enchanted Palace”.
The spectacular illumination will continue to run for the next three weekends on Friday and Saturday evenings, being visible from dusk until an hour after dark, while the rest of the exhibits and the grounds can be visited from Wednesdays through to Sundays, from 11.30am onwards.
The highlights include two major Turrell works already in place at Houghton Hall - the Skyspace ‘Seldom Seen’ is a wooden viewing chamber rising into the surrounding trees with a square aperture open to the sky, while St Elmo’s Breath, a space division construction, is housed in an 18th century Palladian water tower.
Other exhibition works include the artist’s iconic light projections created in the 1960s, holograms, a series of prints and a ‘Tall Glass’ work, as well as a selection of photos illustrating Mr Turrell’s Roden Crater in Arizona – a 30-year project in which he is transforming a natural cinder volcano on the edge of a desert into a large-scale artwork from which to view celestial phenomena.
Tickets for LightScape: James Turrell at Houghton can be purchased at the entrance, by calling (01603) 598640 or online at www.houghtonhall.com where details of opening times/days and ticket options can also be found.