PROJECTS - 2012
Roden Crater Investigation
San Francisco Volcanic Field, AZ - 2012
Land Arts of the American West spent an afternoon and evening at James Turrell’s monumental artwork, Roden Crater. Situated within an inactive, volcanic cinder cone, Roden Crater, is comprised of a series of portals and viewing chambers where celestial phenomena converge, immersing visitors in perceptual events of time, space, and light. Project director, Tom McGrath, talked about the history of Roden Crater and future plans for additional construction phases, then led students on a tour of the crater complex.
Roden Crater from the ranch road.
Land Arts student, Cecilia McKinnon, looks over architectural studies for future construction phases at Roden Crater
Land Arts students observe the elliptical skyspace and bronze staircase in the east portal of Roden Crater.
Visiting artist, Amelia Zaraftis, and Land Arts student, Lea Andersson, view the upside-down, binocular horizon from one of the rim platforms.
Land Arts students watch the dusk light as shifting color forms at the skyspace in the Eye of the Crater.
On the rim of Roden Crater, Land Arts students observe an unnamed celestial event arching across the sky during sunset.