James Turrell (1943, Los Angeles, USA)
The Celestial Vault /Panorama in the dunes, 1996 (renovation 2008).
Produced by Stroom Den Haag.
This James Turrell sculpture is a 25 min cycle ride from The Hague. It is near to the small and relatively new (1923) seaside town of Kijkduin. The sculpture can be found amongst the sand dunes, about 200 metres from the shoreline. Celestial Vault is in two parts, part one consists of a concave bowl cut into the peak of a high sand dune. You enter the vestibule of the vault through a short tunnel that is cut through the side of the dune. In the centre of this bowl is an angled concrete bench/bed which offers space for two people to lie (tilted backwards) and appreciate the work. Part two is a similar bench on a higher point. This sits on top of a rounded dune.
The graffiti on the bench says “I love you” in Dutch.