Skyspace: The Way of Color

Skyspace: The Way of Color by James Turrell

The Way of Color is a “Skyspace,” a site-specific art installation designed by world-renowned artist James Turrell. Located on the scenic hillside where the Art Trail meets the City of Bentonville’s Crystal Bridges Trail, the Skyspace is a naked-eye viewing chamber that allows guests to view the sky through a round oculus in the roof. During daylight hours the Skyspace offers a place of quiet contemplation. Each morning and evening, in conjunction with sunrise and sunset, a programmed LED light display occurs inside the Skyspace. Changing colors against the Skyspace ceiling cause changes in our perception of the color of the sky viewed through the oculus.
Skyspace: The Way of Color by James Turrell
Skyspace: The Way of Color by James Turrell
Skyspace: The Way of Color by James Turrell

The Skyspace opens for the sunrise experience every morning approximately 30 to 45 minutes before sunrise. Precise times vary according to the time of year. The sunset experience begins approximately 45 minutes before sunset. Each experience takes about 30 to 40 minutes. See our calendar for special Skyspace viewings, facilitated by guest speakers.

The Way of Color 2009 Stone, concrete, stainless steel, and LED lighting 228 x 652 in. (579.1 x 1656.1 cm) © James Turrell. Photography by Timothy Hursley