…to James Turrell: Air Apparent

Tucked away on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe, sits one of the most colorful and accessible art installations I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing. Air Apparent (2012) is one of over 80 skyspaces, designed by American artist James Turrell, that invite the observer to experience the sky as though it were framed, transforming it into a work of art.

Free to the public and open 24/7, this work is a collaboration with architect William P. Bruder, who references the structures of the local Hohokam Native American tribe. The surrounding landscape, by Christy Tan Eyck, allows for circumnavigation and entry.

The ergonomic seating within the space makes it enjoyable throughout the day, however the piece really comes alive at sunrise and sunset when not only the sky changes quickly, but the 480 hidden LED lights illuminate the suspended ceiling, undulating between hues and playing with your perception of the sky above.


There is a parking structure just south of the installation, right off of Rural Road, south of University Avenue.

Parking is:

Mon. – Fri.: 5 a.m. – 11 p.m.

1 hr or less: $3
1-2 hrs: $6
2-3 hrs: $9
3+ hrs: $12

Fri. – Mon.: 11 p.m. – 5 a.m.

$8 per day

Restrooms are available only if the surrounding campus buildings are open for class.

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