No.6 / Top 10 lighting experiences: The Roden Crater, Arizona

April 06 2011 — by Jonathan Speirs
Turning into James Turrell’s life work, the Roden Crater is located a few miles from Flagstaff in Arizona; it's best to Google Earth it to appreciate its size and location. It is a 400,000-year-old, three-mile-diameter crater. Turrell has been sculpting the inner core of the crater into a massive naked-eye observatory. He is focussing on viewing sky-light, solar and celestial aspects of our skies.
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No.7 / Top 10 lighting experiences: The Chinati Foundation, Texas

April 06 2011 — by Jonathan Speirs
Set up by the artist Donald Judd (1928–1994) as a repository for site-specific and permanent art, the Chinati Foundation was a reaction to his pieces being sold and relocated to venues and displayed in manners he was not happy with.
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No.8 / Top 10 lighting experiences: The Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp

April 06 2011 — by Jonathan Speirs
One of the Le Corbusier masterpieces, the chapel is located in the east of France on the crown of a hill that has fantastic views across the landscape. Studying this building at architecture school is as with most great buildings - a waste of time unless you visit it. My first visit was in February 1988. It was a cold but sunny day and I was fortunate to be the only person there. I slowly walked around the building three times before I felt ready to advance inside. As I reached the front door I saw a big sign in English, “NO PHOTOGRAPHY ALLOWED”. There I was clutching my SLR and instantly had a downer!
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No.9 / Top 10 lighting experiences: The Kimbell Museum, Fort Worth, Texas

April 06 2011 — by Jonathan Speirs
In my humble opinion this is Louis Kahn’s (1901-1974) seminal building where the integration of light was key, and where Kahn worked with the grandfather of lighting design, Richard Kelly (1910-1977).
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No.10 / Top 10 lighting experiences: The Milky Way

April 06 2011 — by Jonathan Speirs
Banished from much of the developed world by excessive lighting to our cities and highways, I have seen the Milky Way on several occasions, but my best experience was on an island in the Great Barrier Reef in April 2005. Apart from providing great diving, the island was a research station and one evening there was a guided star tour by one of the scientists. About twenty people showed up for this and we all lay on our backs in a large clearing, and the entire sky was filled with this amazing mass of stars – one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.
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