James Turrell - Celestial Vault
Kijkduin, The Hague
Location: Machiel Vrijenhoeklaan 175, Kijkduin
(across restaurant De Haagsche Beek)
(for transportation advise scroll down)
More aerial pictures of The Celestial Vault: www.siebeswart.nl
Artnet News, 6 September 2015
"This work, although it bears all the trademarks of a Turrell piece, perhaps due to its open aspect stands out amongst his other large scale installations." >> read more
The idea to invite Turrell first occurred when Stroom participated in the preparations for the International Conference of Landscape Architecture held in 1992 in The Hague whose theme was the relation between landscape architecture and the visual arts. The scale of the original plan of an artificial crater in the dunes was so grand that no one believed that it would ever be realized.
In the dunes of The
Hague, where light can have such a tangible presence, Turrell created a
place to gaze at the sky: ‘Celestial Vault' in Kijkduin. At the top of
one of the rubble dunes, a bowl in the shape of an ellipse has been
built, 30 meters wide and 40 meters long. A wall of earth,
approximately 5 meters high encloses the bowl. In order to reach this
artificial crater you first climb up the dune on wooden stairs and then
walk through a six meter long concrete passageway. The slopes on the
inside of the crater have been sown with grass and a monumental natural
stone bench is in the middle on which two people can lie back and
observe how the sky is a vault. A similar bench is located on a higher
dune where a panorama unfolds over the sea, the beach and the flat
countryside beyond. In the direction of the horizon, the vault
gradually becomes flatter. For Turrell, light and space themselves are
the object and one of the points he wants to make is that, during the
act of observation, the observer should experience that he/she is
The Celestial Vault is madee possible by: Mondriaan Stichting, Herinneringsfonds Vincent van Gogh, Oibibio, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Gravin van Bylandt Stichting, City of The Hague and Fonds 1818.
Machiel Vrijenhoeklaan 175, Kijkduin, across from restaurant De Haagsche Beek
From Station CS: bus 24 - get off at bus stop Kijkduinse straat / Machiel Vrijenhoeklaan - walk on for 500 meter.
From Station Hollands Spoor: tram 1 to the city center, transfer to bus 24.
Follow Laan van Meerdervoort up to the Kijkduinse straat; turn right; at traffic lights, turn left into Machiel Vrijenhoeklaan, and drive on to restaurant De Haagsche Beek.