Experience the lightwork Hardanger Skyspace!
In the twilight hours, you are bathed in LED lights of changing colours, and the night or morning sky can be seen through an elliptical aperture in the roof. The interplay between the artificial and natural light affects how we perceive the sky.
James Turrell has now made 82 (2016) unique skyspace installations around the world. Some are free-standing constructions, while others are integrated in existing buildings. Hardanger Skyspace is the northernmost of his permanent skyspace installations.
Opening hours will vary through the year according to when there is sunrise and sunset. Hardanger Skyspace is open at sunset a few days per week, or on other by agreement. Tickets should be reserved, and you meet at Skyspace.
For opening hours, please click on the relevant date.
Hardanger Skyspace has an octagonal shape inspired by the small but wonderful sculpture museum that houses the works of Ingebrigt Vik. It is also characterised by the grey colour of Hardanger slate. Turrell anchors his art works in local traditions, building methods and art forms. Hardanger Skyspace’s elliptical shape reflects the long fjord.
Coming out from the art installation, you face the Folgefonna glacier and the Hardanger fjord. During sunrise and sunset, thousands of LED lights are activated inside Skyspace, where you are seated on warmed benches and gaze through the elliptical opening in the ceiling. Such apertures are found in all of Turell’s Skyspace installations. You see a segment of the sky and are subject to the weather conditions, be it snow or rain. It could be a starlit night, cloudy or winter dark.
About the experience
In the twilight hours, you are bathed in light of changing colours. It is an immaterial artistic expression where you don’t experience a thing or an object. Light is all. Even if you close your eyes, you will sense the shifting colours. There is a quiet rhythm to it that might put you in a contemplative and meditative mood.
The experience will depend on the circumstances. Whether you are there at sunrise or sunset, alone or with friends. Snow might be entering through the hole in the roof. Maybe you can hear waves whipped towards land by a ferocious autumn storm.
Hardanger Skyspace is seen at different times of day depending on the season. In winter the experience will be short and intense. In summer, it is longer and stretches into the night. We certainly recommend that you visit Skyspace at different times of year. To find the relevant times of day for the date you are interested in, please see the calendar where you by tickets.
Hardanger Skyspace is a part of The Art Centre Kabuso / www.kabuso.no