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So once we figured there was no escaping the Poison Oak, it became easier to settle in for the day and concentrate of documenting Ogrydziak/Prillinger’s skyspace located on a private estate in the Sonoma Valley. The artist of course, is the prolific James Turrell, who was due to arrive at dusk to tune the lighting of the piece.
Built on the site of an old water tank, the locally sourced stone-clad tower is perched high on a hill but hidden from general view by a small forest of oaks.
The effect then, as you approach the tower from either direction, is akin to coming across the last remaining tower of a once imposing fortress. No doubt this sensation will only be enhanced as the stone is weathered and the forest slowly regains control.
Climbing the single flight of stairs from the forest path, there’s a glimpse of the warm wood interior and a tangible feeling of ascending to a better, almost sacred place.
It’s not hard to be entranced by the simple beauty of the space, especially as the afternoon’s clouds wafted by.
Unless of course, you have to get on top of it for a panoramic view to the surrounding hills. This is not generally an accessible part of the project but one that the architect was keen to explore. Indeed the view was to die for (hopefully not to die from). To the south you could make out the office towers of Oakland some forty miles away.
Once James is finished tuning the lights, we’ll return for a spot of star gazing.