Last Breath

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Media / Materials
Year Completed
Principal Financial Group
Latitude & Longitude
41.589036, -93.628978
Location Description
Principal Corporate 2 Lobby, corner of Pleasant and 8th Streets. —Please note that public art tours are not available at this time, as per Principal Financial Group, 04/14/16.

Musing on the motivations behind his skyspaces, Turrell said, "The sky always seems to be out there, away from us. I like to bring it down in close contact with us, so you feel you are in it. We feel we are at the bottom of this ocean of air; we are actually on a planet. We have spent billions to go to the moon — we go to this lesser satellite called the moon and say we are in space, but we are in space right now; we just don't feel ourselves to be in space. Some forms of art and some forms of spirituality do give us that sense." He also spoke of using light, something most people take for granted, as a material to make art, and emphasized that light can be seen as a thing, not merely as a phenomenon. When discussing the ideal viewer for his skyspaces, Turrell took the opportunity to lament the miniscule amount of time viewers tend to spent with art these days, adding that he is not exempt from this accelerated culture. "I feel my work is made for one being, one individual," he said. "You could say that's me, but that's not really true. It's for an idealized viewer. Sometimes I'm kind of cranky coming to see something. I saw the Mona Lisa when it was in L.A., saw it for 13 seconds and had to move on. But, you know, there's this slow-food movement right now. Maybe we could also have a slow-art movement, and take an hour.", Accessed: June 11, 2011

James Turrell

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