James Turrell Deer Shelter opens to the public

  • 4 May 2006

The Art Fund has just unveiled one of the most exciting projects in its history at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Visit the Turrell microsite

Internationally renowned artist James Turrell has created a permanent ‘Skyspace’ in an 18th-century deer shelter in the grounds of YSP, thanks to an £800,000 donation from The Art Fund to finance the entire project.

James Turrell Deer Shelter harnesses the changing light of the Yorkshire sky. Looking through an aperture in the roof of the deer shelter, viewers observe a patch of sky that suddenly appears to be within easy reach. It will be open to the public visitors to the park from Friday 28th April.

For over 40 years James Turrell has used light and space to create art installations which enhance perception and baffle the senses.

Renowned as a ‘sculptor of light’, Turrell is perhaps best known for his ambitious Roden Crater project in the Arizona desert. He has spent over 30 years transforming an entire extinct volcano into a series of Skyspaces that will harness the light from sun, moon and stars.

The commission marks the beginning of a new and more active phase in the life of The Art Fund, and highlights its commitment to building collections of international contemporary art in the UK.

For more pictures, visit the James Turrell Deer Shelter microsite

Watch the Channel 4 report

The Art Fund Director David Barrie talks about James Turrell, the Deer Shelter project, and The Art Fund's new logo and priorities for the future.