James Turrell is one of the world’s preeminent architectural artists. With his famous Skyspaces having become a mark of status, it’s no surprise that Uruguay’s hottest new hotel wanted one of their own. The first free-standing Skyspace in the world, the new piece at the Posada Ayana in Uruguay is a sensory experience you just can’t miss. And while you’re there, take in the wonder that is Posada Ayana. 

Posada Ayana + James Turrell

James Turrell

Opening November 26th, Posada Ayana’s Skyspace is a modern art and architectural marvel. With a round exterior and round aperture open to the sky, this Skyspace offers guests a chance to connect with the art that is a perfect sky above. Ta Khut is the perfect culmination of the natural and cultural wonders Turrell found when visiting Uruguay.

The Posada Ayana team shares in statement, “Robert and Edda Kofler, owners and creative directors of Posada Ayana, worked with James Turrell and his team for over two years to build and house the first freestanding Skyspace in South America — titled Ta Khut (The Light in early Egyptian) — as part of their property’s park. Measuring 9.44 m diameter and 7.62 m high, the structure is made of 42,000 kg of pure white marble from Laas, South Tyrol tracing the heritage of Robert Kofler. Turrell’s signature immersive light installation, carving out a 16-foot piece of the sky and framing it as a canvas with infinite depth, is set atop an 26 m rectangular temple-like structure clad in earth and grass with entrances to the dome opened on both sides. The Lapacho wood doors invite the viewer to come into the structure — paved in an earthy, merlot-colored granite reminiscent of Turrell’s native Arizona– to experience the space of the sky that is no longer far and unattainable but brought close in touch with the viewer according to where they are sitting.”

Turrell, whose ability to blend contemporary art with nature’s wonder is unparalleled, adds, “This piece presents the merging of two great traditions. You can see the pyramidal structure in the Gobi in China and in the Western Hemisphere in the Mayan culture and in Egypt. Merging with this, you can see the Stupa, which actually comes from Tibet and carries through Sri Lanka, Thailand, China and up to Japan. I love the idea of bringing together the ephemeral and the physical through light as a medium and from the light outside and the light inside.” 

Posada Ayana

James Turrell

If you’re traveling to Uruguay to experience the beauty of the newest Turrell Skyspace, you have the perfect place to stay. Posada Ayana first opened in late 2020 for local residents. This month, it will open to the world along with the Skyspace. In the breathtaking and vibrant town of Jose Ignacio, Posada Ayana is just steps from the world-famous Mansa Beach, and offers a private, adults-only luxury vacation.

Posada Ayana embraces the Cote D’Azur luxury elegance of the ’50’s and ’60’s, and embraces a sustainable model. Concrete, rock, and local wood mix to create a serene, mid-century modern oasis. Surrounded by lush foliage, the Posada Ayana guest rooms are all 500 square feet or larger, giving each guest plenty of room to stretch out and relax far from the concerns of the modern world but with all the conveniences at hand. Each room boasts floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides and guests can choose from a tropical garden or ocean view.

Dining on a terrace overlooking the ocean may seem like any vacation’s highlights, but at Posada Ayana each delight is more wonderful than the next and you’ll never have a chance to rest your smile. To plan and book your stay, visit the Posana Ayada website. 

James Turrell

James Turrell

Turrell works with light and space, to draw viewers in. His goal is to “create artworks that engage viewers with the limits and wonders of human perception.” On his creations, Turrell shares via his website, “My work is more about your seeing than it is about my seeing, although it is a product of my seeing. I’m also interested in the sense of presence of space; that is space where you feel a presence, almost an entity — that physical feeling and power that space can give.”

Turrell loved light from childhood and began experimenting with it as a medium from a very young age. With training in perceptual psychology, he has the unique skill base to create thought and experience with light and space – drawing the exterior space into the mind. In Turrell’s Skyspace creations, viewers see the sky framed as art itself, but the rooms holding the aperture became a part of the viewer’s mind, expanding them outward and upward at the same time.

Per Turrell’s site, “Turrell often cites the Parable of Plato’s Cave to introduce the notion that we are living in a reality of our own creation, subject to our human sensory limitations as well as contextual and cultural norms. This is evident in Turrell’s over eighty Skyspaces, chambers with an aperture in the ceiling open to the sky. The simple act of witnessing the sky from within a Turrell Skyspace, notably at dawn and dusk, reveals how we internally create the colors we see and thus, our perceived reality.” 

To understand the wonder that is a Skyspace, you have to experience it. And the world is lucky enough to have a brand new one to see starting November 26. So get your plane tickets to Uruguay ready; you won’t want to miss this.