It’s finally here. The long-awaited Green Mountain Falls Skyspace attraction, featuring showcase work by internationally-acclaimed light and space artist James Turrell, has been officially unveiled. The 18-foot tall structure, the first ever Turrell masterpiece in Colorado and first ever done on a side of a mountain, offers an open eye to the skyline and stars. Currently, four showings are available daily. Following the Green Box Arts festival, the facility will be open Thursdays through Sundays to the public. Access to the Skyspace can occur, via the Pittman trail through a scenic mile-long trek from the former Joyland church parking lot, and shorter more direct route from the Gazebo park. This new trail system is part of the Red Butte Mountain Recreation area and is part of the Skyspace experience.
The project has been in the works for six years, and was reportedly crafted by the artist through a conceptual drawing done on a napkin during an informal gathering with Green Box representatives.
For those you can’t access the site on foot, arrangements can be made in advance with the Green Box staff. To make reservations for the sunrise, sunset and closed roof shows, visit greenboxarts.org. Besides the opening of the Green Mountain Falls Skyspace, the Green Box Arts Festival, which started on June 18 and continues through July 4, also marked the debut of the new Keith Haring Fitness Court and three works of public art. A variety of events, classes and festivities will occur throughout the next week and a half.