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Need something to do on Valentine's Day? 'The Color Inside' is reopening at the perfect time

Kelsey Bradshaw
Austin 360
"The Color Inside," a skyspace installation by artist James Turrell, sits in the rooftop garden of the William Powers Student Activity Center at the University of Texas. One watches the sky change through an oval eye in the roof of the oval structure while the color of light in the room shifts.

A James Turrell art installation on the University of Texas campus will reopen to the public on Valentine's Day, nearly two years after it was closed because of the coronavirus pandemic and other necessary maintenance. 

Turrell's Skyspace, "The Color Inside," located on the third floor roof of the William C. Powers Jr. Student Activity Center at the university, was closed in March 2020.

James Turrell outside Roden Crater in 2002.

The installation is a room with an oval-shaped hole in the ceiling. During sunrise and sunset, a pre-programmed light sequence goes off. Visitors can watch the lights change color as the sky changes color.

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The piece was installed on campus in 2013. Landmarks, the public art program at UT, said more than 75,000 people visit the space annually. 

The Skyspace is free to visit, but you must make a reservation. Reservations can be made at turrell.utexas.edu. The Skyspace is at 2201 Speedway at 22nd Street.

Songs in the Skyspace, a monthly music series presented by Landmarks, will return on Feb. 20 with a classical guitar performance by Justice Phillips.

Other performances include:

  • South Asian fusion a cappella by Hum A Cappella on March 20. 
  • Singing bowls, chimes and gongs by Sound Bath Meditation with Sonic Starchild on April 16.
  • All female treble a cappella by Beauties and the Beat on May 15.
  • Lesly Reynaga, a Latinx singer-songwriter, on June 17.