Press Release - 1 February 2022


AUSTIN, Texas – Landmarks, the public art program of The University of Texas at Austin, announced today the reopening of James Turrell’s Skyspace, The Color Inside. Shuttered since March 2020 in response to the pandemic and for necessary conservation and maintenance, the installation will reopen to the public on February 14. Companion programs, including the popular Songs in the Skyspace music series, will resume on February 20. Reservations to visit the Skyspace are required and can be made online beginning February 1.

A unique cultural gem, The Color Inside is a freestanding, naked-eye observatory located in the heart of campus. Each sunrise and sunset, a pre-programmed light sequence fills the space with brilliant washes of color. Through Turrell’s masterful manipulation of light, the sequences cause the sky to appear in unimaginable hues. Among Austin’s most celebrated cultural destinations, the Skyspace is visited by more than 75,000 people each year.

Songs in the Skyspace, Landmarks’ monthly music series, will resume on February 20 with a performance by classical guitarist Justice Phillips. Hosted inside the Skyspace, the series features performers from across musical genres, representing a diverse mix of voices and instruments and a unique way to engage with Turrell’s elegant light sequence.

Songs in the Skyspace performance schedule
(List in formation; additional performances to be announced soon)

February 20: Justice Phillips (classical guitar)
March 20: Hum A Cappella (South Asian fusion a cappella)
April 16: Sound Bath Meditation with Sonic Starchild (singing bowls, chimes, gongs)
May 15: Beauties and the Beat (all female treble a cappella)
June 17: Lesly Reynaga (Latinx singer songwriter)

The Skyspace is free and open to all, but free reservations are required. Visitors may book tickets online at beginning February 1.

Landmarks thanks KMFA 89.5, Austin’s independent classical station, for their support of this program.

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