Study for Craters (Overall Site Plan with Survey Net)
James Turrell’s art centers on the perception of light in architectural spaces. He employed aerial landscape views in works related to his most ambitious site project, an “observatory” within the Roden Crater in Arizona. Turrell chose the site during aerial flyovers in the late 1970s, and since then he has been constructing viewing spaces that admit the natural light of the sun and stars in various ways to create specific perceptual effects. A meeting of science and art, Turrell’s work draws on the power of place, geologic time, and humanity’s long relationship to celestial phenomena.
Photo-emulsion on wax and mylar with ink and wax pastels
58 1/2 x 72 3/8 in. (148.6 x 183.8 cm)
Other (part a): 33 1/4 x 72 3/8 in. (84.5 x 183.8 cm)
Other (part b): 25 3/8 x 72 3/8 in. (64.5 x 183.8 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower right on bottom panel: "James Turrell 1987"
This item is not on view
Gift of Harry Kahn
© artist or artist's estate
The Brooklyn Museum holds a non-exclusive license to reproduce images of this work of art from the rights holder named here.
The Museum does not warrant that the use of this work will not infringe on the rights of third parties. It is your responsibility to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions before copying, transmitting, or making other use of protected items beyond that allowed by "fair use," as such term is understood under the United States Copyright Act.
For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress
, Cornell University
, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums
, and Copyright Watch
For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright
If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to contact the rights holder for this work, please email email@example.com
and we will assist if we can.
James Turrell (American, born 1943). Study for Craters (Overall Site Plan with Survey Net), 1987. Photo-emulsion on wax and mylar with ink and wax pastels, 58 1/2 x 72 3/8 in. (148.6 x 183.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Harry Kahn, 1990.42.2a-b. © artist or artist's estate
overall, 1990.42.2a-b_view2_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
"CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome
any additional information you might have.