In 2011 there was a large exhibition by American light artist James Turrell in Kulturforum Järna. It was titled See! Colour! and inspired Kabuso to build a permanent, site specific light installation. When Turrell later that year visited Øystese and the Kabuso Art House, he was struck by the impressive landscape with snow-covered mountains, the green fjord and the Folgefonna glacier towering above it all. On a November day in 2011, Turrell therefore proposed building the northernmost Skyspace in the world at Kabuso.
Hardanger Skyspace has an octagonal shape inspired by the small but wonderful sculpture museum that houses the works of Ingebrigt Vik. It is also characterised by the grey colour of Hardanger slate. Turrell anchors his art works in local traditions, building methods and art forms. Hardanger Skyspace’s elliptical shape reflects the long fjord.
Coming out from the art installation, you face the Folgefonna glacier and the Hardanger fjord. During sunrise and sunset, thousands of LED lights are activated inside Skyspace, where you are seated on warmed benches and gaze through the elliptical opening in the ceiling. Such apertures are found in all of Turell’s Skyspace installations. You see a segment of the sky and are subject to the weather conditions, be it snow or rain. It could be a starlit night, cloudy or winter dark.
In the twilight hours, you are bathed in light of changing colours. It is an immaterial artistic expression where you don’t experience a thing or an object. Light is all. Even if you close your eyes, you will sense the shifting colours. There is a quiet rhythm to it that might put you in a contemplative and meditative mood.
The experience will depend on the circumstances. Whether you are there at sunrise or sunset, alone or with friends. Snow might be entering through the hole in the roof. Maybe you can hear waves whipped towards land by a ferocious autumn storm.
Hardanger Skyspace is seen at different times of day depending on the season. In winter the experience will be short and intense. In summer, it is longer and stretches into the night. We certainly recommend that you visit Skyspace at different times of year. To find the relevant times of day for the date you are interested in, please see the calendar on our website.
Five years after Turrell first visited Hardanger, Kabuso are proud and happy to unveil this spectacular art work.
We want to give a warm thanks to James Turrell for turning this dream into reality. In addition, we want to thank Rembert Biemond for first putting us in touch with Turrell, and for his invaluable support throughout the process.
We also want to thank all who have contributed with funding and made it possible for us to build the installation:
NORWEGIAN HULL CLUB