I’m a huge fan of James Turrell‘s Land Art projects. Always subtle in their message and concept, but massive in physical scale upon the landscape. Turrell has designed several “Sky Gardens” or “Sky Craters”, with an emphasis on the sky and its celestial bodies.
The Irish Sky Garden Crater by Turrell, is located on the grounds of Liss Ard Estate, Skibbereen, County Cork. It is, as the name suggests, a man made crater, created through the mounding of earth on all sides. At the center lies the “Vault Purchase”, a monolithic stone plinth, upon which offers unobstructed, focused views of the sky, offering a chance for contemplation.
According to Liss Ard’s website:
“…..with its contemplative ‘Vault Purchase’ or plinth at its center, As a landscape feature, The Crater has encouraged many landscape architects to make their pilgrimage to Liss Ard over the years, but it is also an enlightening experience for the solitary surveyor, lying on their back on the ‘Vault Purchase’, gazing up through the Craters ‘bowl’ at the sky”.