This installation is the first time the Art Fund has commissioned a work of art.
The Deer Shelter by James Turrell, 2006
© James Turrell / Photo interior: Florian Holzherr / Photo exterior © Jonty Wilde
- Art Fund grant:
- £762,754 ( Total: £762,754)
- Acquired in:
- James Turrell
The idea stemmed from the Art Fund's centenary celebration in 2003 and the poor representation of work by living artists from overseas in British public collections. Turrell has created the skyspace within an 18th century Grade II listed building. His work does not disturb the tranquility of the site, but creates a place of contemplation and revelation, harnessing the changing light of the Yorkshire sky. The skyspace consists of a large square chamber with an aperture cut into the roof. Through this aperture the visitor is offered a heightened vision of the sky, seemingly transformed into a trompe l'oeil painting. The Art Fund commission used money set aside to celebrate the Art Fund's Centenary and totalled £762,754.
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