Light and space artist James Turrell’s decades-in-the-making masterwork, Roden Crater (pictured), is an infamously inaccessible work-in-progress housed in a former volcano in the Arizona desert that is seldom visited by anyone other than collectors, journalists, and friends of the artist. But by the end of the year, thanks to a globe-trotting challenge reminiscent of Damien Hirst and Gagosian’s spot challenge, just about anyone could get themselves invited to the crater — that is, anyone with the time and resources to visit 82 site-specific Turrell installations around the world.
Turrell told the Economist’s Ann Binlot that he’s working on a book titled “The Turrell World Tour” with LACMA and Kulturforum Järna that he hopes will be released by the end of 2013, which will detail 82 of his large-scale projects in 26 countries.
“You go and visit a place and you have that signed,” Turrell explained. “If you visit all the spaces, then you’ll be our guest at Roden Crater.” He doesn’t say whether or not he will personally fly Tour winners to the crater — as he has done with previous visitors — but odds are that if you manage to complete the Tour de Turrell, you already have a plane of your own.
— Benjamin Sutton
(Image Roden Crater on Google Maps.)