"Roden Crater," East Portal Entryway (2000)

"Roden Crater," East Portal Entryway, 2000
Roden Crater Project, Flagstaff, Arizona
Photo by Dick Wiser
Courtesy The Skystone Foundation and Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York

"I wanted to use the very fine qualities of light. First of all, moonlight. There's a space where you can see your shadow from the light of Venus alone- things like this. I also wanted to gather starlight that was from outside the planetary system, which would be from the sun or reflected off of the moon or a planet...you've got this older light that's away from the light even of our galaxy. So that is light that would be at least three and a half billion years old. So you're gathering light that's older than our solar system."

- James Turrell