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A Houston "best-kept" Secret

Join us as the Live Oak Friends Meeting invites us  to view the James Turrell Skyspace, beginning approximately 20 minutes before sunset. The roof will remain open until the sky is completely dark (approximately 40 minutes after sunset). Then they will close the roof and change the light setting to show a second installation by James Turell called “Night Piece”. The roof will be opened (and the Skypace shown) only during good weather. The “Night Piece” will be shown regardless of the weather conditions. Call 713-862-6685 for confirmation.



Here is some more information about this well kept Houston secret.

James Turrell, a practicing Quaker, heard of Live Oak Friends Meeting's project to build a new meeting house in 1995. He volunteered his vision of a Quaker meeting house, as well as the design of a "skyspace" for the meeting room. Leslie Elkins, who was quite familiar with James's work, and with an expertise in the design of "spiritual" buildings, enlisted as the architect. Sally Reynolds and Hiram Butler were instrumental in raising funds for the building from the Houston and larger art community.

The design of the meeting house, as well as the fundraising, took several years, but the project was an outstanding success. Our Meeting feels very at home in the meeting house, and we welcome the opportunity it offers for outreach. Many non-Quakers have visited the meeting house to bask in its quiet and peace, and many have developed more of an interest in Quakerism. The meeting house is a three-room building with a "pre-function area" (for people to gather before meeting for worship to visit), the meeting room, and a "post-function" area (with bathrooms, a sink, and a table used for meetings). The meeting room itself is square, with plain plaster walls and tall windows, with a high vaulted ceiling, in which is the "skyspace."

Seating is provided by white oak benches of James Turrell's design. Normally, for meeting for worship on First Day mornings, we do not open the skyspace. But we do normally open it for Wednesday night Meeting for Worship (at 7:30 p.m.), and Friday nights, when we open the skyspace 30 minutes before sunset for everyone to enjoy. (Opening the skyspace is always done "weather permitting!" If there is a chance of rain, we do not open it.) It is a wonderful experience, beyond the power of words to describe. Please come if you are able.

Event: A Houston Secret - James Turrell Skyspace Viewing at The Live Oaks Friends Meeting House Event Cost: Free
Where: For Members Only Meeting Place: For Members Only
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Event Leader: For Members Only
Event Summary: Live Oak Friends Meeting invites you to view the James Turrell Skyspace Friday evening beginning approximately 20 minutes before sunset. The roof will remain open until the sky is completely dark then a second installation by James Turell called “Night Piece”. Call 713-862-6685 for confirmation..
Directions: For Members Only
Members: 19 Max Attendance: 40
Guests: 3 Spots Available: 18
Total Attendance: 22    
Overnight: No Kid Friendly: No
Skill Level: n/a Dog Friendly: No

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