James Turrell

Heavy Water


Confort Moderne, Poitiers, France


Press release

" This is the first time Turrell has mixed water with his light-inspired work. He has designed water and light projects for a Napa Valley winery and a private home in San Diego, but they were never built.

Heavy Water is a white wood and sheetrock structure that took local craftsmen and sponsors three months to build under Turrell's specifications. "Turrell is as much an engineer as he is an artist," says Frederic Migayrou, a French art critic who is working on a catalogue raisonne of the artist's work. Turrell may have been influenced by his French father, who also was an engineer."

- Excerpt from the article written by Hector Feliciano, 'Taking the Plunge Into a Batch of Heavy Water', Los Angeles Times, June 06, 1991.