Best known for his visionary work with light, James Turrell createdThree Gems
as a subterranean installation commissioned specifically for the de Young sculpture garden by Mr. and Mrs. Osher. It features a view of the sky altered by LED lighting effects highlighted by changing light and weather conditions outside. Although Turrell has created other skyspaces, his project for the de Young was his first skyspace to adopt the stupa form. The retaining walls of this cylindrical space are white concrete and the floor is red stone.
by walking through a short tunnel cut into the hill, and enter into a cylindrical space carved out of the hill. Once inside the stupa, sit on the stone bench lining the walls, and view the sky through an oculus cut in the roof of the chamber. Viewers' perceptions of the sky color will be subtly altered by an LED lighting system inside the chamber, and by changing light and weather conditions outside the chamber.
Best Viewing: Enter garden on the west side of de Young Museum; free access until 4:30 p.m. during museum hours of operation (also during Friday Nights at the de Young).
Visit artist James Turrell's other artwork featured in Illuminate SF:Skygarden
at 90 Seventh Street facing Mission Street.