Turrell Skyspace “The Color Inside” to re-open at UT

After a two-year closure due to the pandemic, the acclaimed art installation reopens Feb. 14


Shuttered since the onset of the pandemic two year ago, the James Turrell Skyspace, “The Color Inside,” will re-open Feb. 14, officials with Landmarks, the University of Texas public art program announced today.

One of Austin’s most popular art destinations with some 75,000 visitors a year, “The Color Inside” is an oval-shaped open-sky observatory located on the rooftop of the William C. Powers, Jr. Student Activity Center.  A light sequence coordinated to sunrise and sunset each day offers brilliant washes of color that cause the sky to appear in unimaginable hues. About 25 people at a time can visit in “The Color Inside.”

The pandemic-induced closure wasn’t a complete waste of time however. Landmarks staff used the downtime to do some necessary conservation and maintenance.

Also re-booting is the popular Songs in the Skyspace music series, will resume on Feb. 20.

Songs in the Skyspace performance schedule

Feb. 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)

Admission to visit the Skyspace and to Songs in the Skyspace performane is free but reservations are required. Make reservations online at turrell.utexas.edu

Currently masks are strongly recommended and will be made available during light sequences.

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