When I saw a short little article about Sky Pesher by American artist James Turrell in the StarTribune this week, it warmed my heart and made me smile. Sky Pesher has long been one of my favorite works at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden… a hidden gem tucked into the hillside behind the Walker Art Center that is easy to miss… down a path, to a door to a simple room. It doesn’t seem like much at first, but it invites you to sit down on the benches and look up… and slow down, as you watch the ever-changing sky.
“There is no set experience of the work, because the sky is not a set thing,” said Pavel Pyś, curator of visual arts at the Walker. “It’s an ever-changing portal.”
It doesn’t demand your attention like the giant cherry spoonbridge or the giant blue rooster. The experience of it can’t be captured in words or in a selfie on your phone.
It simply frames the sky and encourages you to slow down and really be in the moment.
The Sydney Morning Herald describes Turrell’s works (there are 80 of them scattered throughout the world), as “dull to describe but magical to experience firsthand.”
Sharlene Hensrud, RE/MAX Results – email@example.com