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UIC Skyspace - Chicago, IL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member adgorn
N 41° 52.016 W 087° 38.834
16T E 446286 N 4635204
Quick Description: UIC Skyspace takes the form of a 26-foot-high by 43-foot-wide elliptical chamber designed for viewing the complex interplay of sky, light and atmosphere. Located in Earl L. Neal Plaza.
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 7/10/2008 8:58:58 AM
Waymark Code: WM45G9
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member The Blue Quasar
Views: 61

Long Description:
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In Spring 2006, a spectacular public art project by acclaimed American artist James Turrell opened on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago. UIC Skyspace is the centerpiece of the newly built Gateway (renamed Earl L. Neal) Plaza, also designed by Turrell, located on the university's South Campus and situated on the southwest corner of Halsted Street and Roosevelt Road in the heart of Chicago. The UIC Skyspace, Turrell's fifteenth permanent skyspace installation, will be the only freestanding structure of its kind in the Midwest. A serene observatory free and open to the public, UIC Skyspace takes the form of a 26-foot-high by 43-foot-wide elliptical chamber designed for viewing the complex interplay of sky, light and atmosphere. Visitors will be able to sit on benches lining the interior circumference of the skyspace. From that vantage point the focus of the skyspace will be the ten by sixteen feet opening piercing the roof of the chamber. The oculus in a Turrell skyspace frames the sky, obscuring the horizon and creating a "celestial vault," in which the sky and ceiling appear to be on the same plane. In UIC Skyspace translucent glass will encircle the upper portion of the structure, allowing soft natural light to bathe the interior of the structure. Outside, the lower portion of the skyspace will be surrounded by a cascade of flowing water, contributing to the overall tranquil character of the skyspace.

Turrell's skyspaces are installed in countries worldwide, including Italy, Israel, Belgium, Japan and the United States.
Building Address:
Roosevelt & Halsted
Chicago, IL USA
60607


Is it open to the general public?: yes

When was it built? (Approximate if you must.): 05/01/2006

What is the name of this building?: UIC Skyspace

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