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»My desire is to set up a situation to which I take you and let you see. It becomes your experience.« James Turrell

Opening is on 17 September 2018
Information on the opening programme can be found HERE

Project Skyspace Lech

Located at over 1,450 metres above sea level, Lech is one of the world's most renowned and traditional winter sports resorts. With the internationally leading skiing area Arlberg combined with top-class hotels and gastronomy, Lech-Zürs offers the highest level of winter experience. The destination Lech-Zürs am Arlberg has become, so to speak, the chosen home of demanding winter guests from all over the world.
And more and more guests are drawn to the Lechquellgebirge also in summer. In recent years, Lech has also established itself with new guest stories, especially in the summer with top-class cultural events. With the landscape installation Horizon Field by Antony Gormley, a large project of contemporary art came to Lech for the first time in 2010 to 2012, which was not only enthusiastically received by guests and locals, but also had an enormous international appeal.

Art & Culture in Lech

Lech is committed to strengthening quality art and culture. The skyspaceLech project is a great opportunity to set a lighthouse in the truest sense of the word for this future-oriented path. The planned Skypace in Lech will experience a special contextualization above all by its location in one of the most beautiful mountain landscapes worldwide. What happens on the ground may be designable. Here too, however, the view will lead to the sky and thus to the indeterminate.

HorizonField Association

The Horizon Field association was founded at the beginning of 2012 with the aim of permanently preserving the installation of the same name by Antony Gormley, which was realized by the Kunsthaus Bregenz in the Vorarlberg high mountain landscape in 2010. After this could not be achieved, the association decided to realize a new project with an internationally renowned contemporary artist.

skyspaceLech

In cooperation with the Häusler Contemporary Gallery, the association succeeded in winning James Turrell for a Skyspace project in Lech. During his visit to Lech in September 2014, Turrell was fascinated by the unique high mountain landscape and chose the "Tannegg" site in Oberlech as the best place for a very special underground skyspace. The "Tannegg" is a small hill above the top station of the Schloßkopfbahn, which is easily accessible by a hiking trail in summer and winter and also from the ski run to Oberlech. Nevertheless, at 1,780 metres above the populated local area, it offers a unique panorama.

First sketches

After his visit to Lech in October/November 2014, James Turrell designed skyspaceLech, which was specially tailored to the Tannegg site, and produced some detailed design sketches.

"Often we look up at the sky and think he's so far away. But my skyspaces bring the sky down to the ceiling of the room you're in," says James Turrell.

In February 2015, James Turrell's designs were translated into architectural plans by project partner Baumschlager-Eberle. After clarification of further details with James Turrell, the plans are ready and approved by the artist. The landowner Berger Alpe was also informed very early on about the project idea and the possible location Tannegg. After the plans had been presented, the association was able to clarify the details in several discussions with the representatives of Berger Alpe and conclude an agreement on the construction of the skyspaceLech. The artist's designs show a largely underground building that blends sensitively into the landscape. The oval main room (dimensions: 9 by 6 metres and 5.2 metres high) also has an oval opening in the ceiling (3.5 by 2.6 metres) and a surrounding bench seat, which will be lined with black granite like the floor. In the room there is a light installation which, after dusk, immerses the walls and ceiling in changing colored light so that the previously clearly perceived room structure seems to dissolve. The ceiling opening can be covered with a movable dome, which is then illuminated with a second light installation, thus irritating and distorting the viewer's perception in a colourful dialogue with the main room. 

Access is via a 15-metre-long tunnel, which faces northeast and thus offers an axis of view over Bürstegg to the striking summit of the Biberkopf. From the public path a path branches off, which leads to the tunnel entrance on the eastern side of the Tannegg hill.

Discussions & Permits

In February 2015, James Turrell's designs were translated into architectural plans by project partner Baumschlager-Eberle. After clarification of further details with James Turrell, the plans are ready and approved by the artist. The landowner Berger Alpe was also informed very early on about the project idea and the possible location Tannegg. After the plans had been presented, the association was able to clarify the details in several discussions with the representatives of Berger Alpe and conclude an agreement on the construction of the skyspaceLech. Our thanks goes to the understanding and courtesy of Berger Alpe for this unique project.

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    Promoters Horizon Field Association - Vorarlberg Art Association

    We would like to take this opportunity to thank the members, represented by the Board of Directors mentioned here, of the Horizon Field Association for their commitment and their commitment to the promotion of art & culture in Lech.

    Otto Huber (Chairman)
    Bgm. Ludwig Muxel (Deputy Chairman)
    Dr. Guntram Lins (Deputy Chairman)
    Günter Rainer (Secretary)
    Artur Vonblon (Finances)
    Dr. Hans-Peter Bischof (Member of the Board)
    Dr. Rudolf Knünz (Member of the Management Board)
    Gerold Schneider (Member of the Management Board)
    Marcell Strolz (Member of the Board)