James Turrell's 'Roden Crater' Project Gets $10 Million Donation from Kanye West

Still from video by Klaus Obermeyer/Rocket.film, 'Letting the light in, James Turrell, ASU partner on artwork'
Still from video by Klaus Obermeyer/Rocket.film, 'Letting the light in, James Turrell, ASU partner on artwork'
(Klaus Obermeyer / ASU)
  • James Turrell

    James Turrell

    Klaus Obermeyer / ASU

James Turrell, 75, began his Roden Crater Project in 1977. The California artist has gotten a huge recent boost to the endeavor through a partnership with Arizona State University to raise $200 million, and now celebrity rapper Kanye West says he'll pitch in with a major donation.

Kelly Crow wrote in The Wall Street Journal that West announced Monday his plan to give $10 million to the Turrell Art Foundation to accelerate the Roden Crater Project.

From ASU Now:

One of the most important large-scale artworks in the world sits in the desert of northern Arizona, where artist James Turrell has spent decades shaping the landscape into an immersive observatory.

His creation, Roden Crater, is a masterwork of light and perception inside a dormant volcano, now only seen by a few hundred people every year.

A new and innovative partnership between Turrell and Arizona State University will help complete the artist’s magnum opus on the edge of the Painted Desert, making it accessible to many more people and developing an academic component for Turrell to share his artistic vision and inspire transdisciplinary approaches to creativity.

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