Since the release of Drake’s “Hotline Bling” video, more than a few noticers have noticed that the visual resemble the work of James Turrell, the visionary artist who for a half century has fearlessly experimented with light and color.

This week, in an interview with the Washington Post, Turrell said he’s enjoyed a little of the pop culture limelight since the video’s release.

“He honored my work and I was flattered by that,” Turrell told the Post. “Actually, I’ve enjoyed a lot more attention since he got involved.”

The Canadian rapper is apparently a bit of an contemporary aficiando.  Said Turrell: “Drake went through my exhibition. I did meet him in Los Angeles, and he was in the spaces that I did do there, and has some images from that.”

In Austin you can see for yourself what Drake found artistically inspiring.

UT has Turrell’s “The Color Inside,” a sleek curvilinear roofless chamber that’s one of the famed artist’s “skyspaces” — radically reimagined observatories for creative contemplation of the sky.

The permanent installation is on top of the student activity building on campus.

At sunset, an hourlong sequence of slowly changing colored LED lights illuminate the inside walls, radically yet subtly altering your perception of the heavens.

Admission is free. Start time changes daily. Seating limited to 25 people. Reservations recommended.


A view through the aperture in James Turrell’s “The Color Inside,” a permanent installation at the University of Texas.