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Robert Irwin and The Chinati Foundation

 

Robert Irwin and The Chinati Foundation, untitled (dawn to dusk)

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Robert Irwin, untitled (dawn to dusk), 2016. Photo by Alex Marks. Courtesy of the Chinati Foundation and Robert Irwin.

Robert Irwin, untitled (dawn to dusk), 2016. Photo by Alex Marks. Courtesy of the Chinati Foundation and Robert Irwin.

 

“Every day is like a new event. The sky is everything,” observes renowned installation artist Robert Irwin. In 1999, he was invited by the Donald Judd-founded Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas, to create a large-scale project for the site of an abandoned army hospital. After 17 years of careful planning — and with enthusiastic support from the Kickstarter community — Irwin and the Chinati Foundation realized his first and only permanent architectural work. Inspired by the crumbling hospital’s openness to the sky and landscape, his structure fuses indoor and outdoor space. Surrounding a central courtyard filled with native desert plants and a formation of large basalt columns, Irwin’s work creates a contemplative environment where visitors can be fully immersed in the artist’s intention “to make you a little more aware than you were the day before of how beautiful the world is.”

 
Robert Irwin, untitled (dawn to dusk), 2016. Photo by Alex Marks. Courtesy of the Chinati Foundation and Robert Irwin.

Robert Irwin, untitled (dawn to dusk), 2016. Photo by Alex Marks. Courtesy of the Chinati Foundation and Robert Irwin.

Robert Irwin, untitled (dawn to dusk), 2016. Photo by Alex Marks. Courtesy of the Chinati Foundation and Robert Irwin.

Robert Irwin, untitled (dawn to dusk), 2016. Photo by Alex Marks. Courtesy of the Chinati Foundation and Robert Irwin.