Irish Heavenly Garden at Crater
At first glance, this place looks very strange, although at a second glance too … A giant large-scale landscape monument called the Irish Sky Garden in Crater was created by the famous American artist James Thurrell. Yes, this is an artificial landmark, but it is very attractive!
James Turrell is one of those artists who belong to the pleiad of Californian conceptualists. It was he who in the late 1960s declared that the object as a work of art is a past stage. They began to develop space projects based on optical effects. They were interested, above all, in the phenomenon of direct visual perception, a sense of pure sensory experience, as well as a mechanical search for a facet, where reality differs from appearance.
The Irish Heavenly Garden is one of the conceptual attitudes created according to the “open sky” principle called skyspace. This unique minimalist garden is located in Cork, Ireland. This is a kind of natural observatory where everyone can become a visitor. However, the concept of the artist implies confidentiality, observation and meditative immersion.
The essence of the installation is as follows: visitors penetrate through a black tunnel, going to a bright light, which symbolizes birth, and this should give viewers a charge of optimism. This is a crater 13 meters deep. When you enter, at the bottom of the crater you will see a stone in the center on which you can lie and watch the horizon – to admire and enjoy the “firmament.” According to the author, the walls of the crater overlap your peripheral vision, emphasizing the “infinity and variability of the sky.”
James Turrell likes to surprise his viewers with light manipulation, because this is his main tool and material. The master turned the crater into a massive observatory, presenting it as a heavenly studio. His genius is that he makes us see beauty in the simplicity of the idea and the complexity of the design at the same time. Each element was carefully designed to appear natural, but it did not remain random – everything was done by human hands. Such attention to detail shows that each item was made with careful attention. On the background of soft green grass and exactly cut off the upper edge of the crater you can only see the Irish sky. It is a guarantee that you will enjoy the afternoon or night sky without the slightest interference.