James Turrell ‘Twilight Epiphany’ Skyspace

You can say I had a light bulb moment upon seeing James Turrell‘s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace mentioned in this month’s issue of Architecture Digest.


Because the last time I posted on James Turrell (one of my favorite artists that I designed a project on in college), Drake visited his exhibit at the LACMA and took some amazing photos of the light spaces that Turrell is perhaps best known for. Then my mind wandered…

Picture this:

Drake performing last night’s release of “Draft Day” at one of his favorite artist’s designs, in Houston, as the Houston Texans select Johnny Manziel with the 1st overall pick. Let’s make it happen! #DrakeTwilightEpiphanyManzielToHouston — that should trend in no time and do the trick ;).

But wait, how can Drake, or anybody for that matter, perform at the Twilight Epiphany?

Well, Turrell’s 2012 skyspace doubles as a music venue. I can’t help but think how cool it would be to sit in the front row and see a concert under changing LED lights with a 14′ x 14′ view to the sky. Press play and keep a close eye in the beginning of video below and you can imagine how much those tickets would cost.

The “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace opened at Rice University in 2012 as a laboratory and music venue for the university’s music school students. As you can see in the gallery, the ever-changing LED lights can create different moods and various relationships with both the sky and the people in the space. The thin 72′ x 72′ white roof is a canvas for the light’s projection and an aesthetic gem from the distance. Light shows occur on the ceiling with the do-it-all versatility akin to Joakim Noah in the high post. The lights operate in sync with the sunset, sunrise, and whatever the weather.

And to bring it full circle: the music. This is the first Turrell skyspace that is engineered for acoustics (he worked in collaboration with SOM‘s engineer head, Bill Baker). 12 speakers are hidden in the walls as I imagine the sound would bounce off them and the ceiling to create a cathedral-esque effect. Imagine the acoustics in Matthew Santos’ “Second Chances” cathedral performance translating similarly in Turrell’s outdoor gem.

So, can you see the potential of live music at the Twilight Epiphany? While Drake, Matthew Santos, or X favorite artist may not have been Turrell’s original intent, I can’t help but think a fusion like this is the next level for performance art in a hip hop genre that so desperately needs it.

Having said that…

#DrakeTwilightEpiphanyManzielToHouston (seriously :))