In between coordinating vendors for the wedding, ordering various decos, and trying to stay sane until the wedding, I’ve been relaxing wtih a fantastic book titled Lives of the Artists. The book is adapted from a series of articles written originally for The New Yorker magazine, author Calvin Tomkins profiles seven of the world’s most successful artists (Cindy Sherman, Damien Hirst, Richard Serra, etc.) by following and interviewing them in their respective environments. If you’re looking for a rather short read to finish out the summer, I highly suggest this book. I’m not finished with it yet, but so far I really enjoyed reading about artist James Turrell’s lifelong land art project Roden Crater.
Turrell’s brainchild began in the 1970s, when he purchased acreage in Arizona that housed a nonactive volcano. His goal? To transform a landform into a celestial observatory that harnesses the power of natural light. Turrell has enhanced the crater with variety of skyspaces and other architectural aspects that allow visitors to witness celestial phenomena at its peak, including a series of viewing platforms, which allow viewers to experience celestial vaulting (the feeling that the sky is descending upon you). Sounds amazing, doesn’t it?
Sadly Roden Crater is not open for public viewing yet, although Turrell’s daughter did get married there. (What a wedding that must have been!) When and if the Crater is ever finished, guests can stay overnight in the cottages built adjacent to the celestial observatory (Turrell recommends an overnight stay to really have a full experience). You can read more about Turrell in Tomkins book, but a quick Google search will also produce hundreds of informational results.
All images found on The Roden Crater photostream on Flickr.