Whilst in Lech, we visited The Skyspace Lech, which is a walk-in art installation by James Turrell, a US Artist well known for his light-space installations, and I highly recommend visiting it when in Lech as it was absolutely amazing.
To get to it, you have to walk up the mountain until you get to the unassuming stone structure built into the hillside that houses an oval-shaped room with an opening in the ceiling that has an unobstructed view of the sky. There was fresh snow the day we went and it was just stunning scenery all around – really magical!
The large movable skylight dome affords a view of the outside world, opening up new ways, with every visit, to perceive the sky and the way the light penetrates into the room. When it is dark outside, a light installation makes the room appear totally different.⠀⠀
Inside the ‘sensing room’ there is a mobile dome, which, when closed, allows the room to be used for ‘ganzfelds’ — another of Turrell’s artistic concepts, where the perception of visitors is dramatically distorted by removing the space’s perceived structure.
When the dome is fully open you have an unobstructed view of the sky.
The tunnel that you use to enter and exit from is aligned to deliver views of the Biberkopf peak, which is breath-taking.
James Turrell’s work on the Skyspace series started in the 1970s and comprises more than 80 works worldwide. I now want to seek out more of them.
I was surprised to find that you can actually visit four Skyspaces in Britain: in Yorkshire, it’s an old deer-feeding shelter on a former country estate; at Kielder Forest in Northumberland a drystone drum crowns Cat Cairn; at Houghton Hall, Norfolk, there’s a six-metre cube of steel and American oak; and Tremenheere Sculpture Garden in Cornwall has an underground domed ellipse.
Skyspace Lech is open all year round.
December 1st – April 19th
open daily, 12 noon – 8 pm
April 20th – May 31st
open daily, 9 am – 6 pm
June 1st – November 30th
open daily, between 1 hour before sunrise and 1 hour after sunset
It is free to visit but donations are encouraged.
I would highly recommend booking a guided tour to understand the concept better.