Chestnut Hill Friends Meetinghouse/James Turrell Skyspace dossier

For two years I covered the journey to build Philadelphia’s newest Quaker meetinghouse in nearly a century. Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting’s new house of worship features a James Turrell Skyspace light installation as a visual centerpiece, harking back to a long lost tradition of pairing art, architecture and religion. Greeting the Light, is Philadelphia’s first and only work by the internationally renown Turrell.

Here is the collection of 13 news stories written for WHYY’s NewsWorks concerning the meetinghouse and Skyspace:

1.  Chestnut Hill on track to get a James Turrell Skyspace building

2.  Designing a house of worship is a balance between faith, form and function

3.  Fundraising nearly complete for James Turrell Skyspace Friends Meeting House in Philadelphia

4.  Groundbreaking for Philadelphia’s Turrell Skyspace set for May 15

5.  Groundbreaking ceremony for Chestnut Hill’s Turrell Skyspace is Tuesday morning

6.  Quakers’ future home to feature a ceiling that slides open to the sky

7.  Construction begins on Chestnut Hill meetinghouse and Turrell Skyspace

8.  Opening date announced for Philadelphia’s Turrell Skyspace

9.  Alleged vandalism at Quaker construction site causes $500,000 in damages

10.  $50,000 reward offered to help police make arrests in Chestnut Hill meetinghouse arson

11.  Turrell Skyspace installation begins in Chestnut Hill, meetinghouse set to open in June

12.  Pairing art with architecture — a look inside Chestnut Hill’s new Quaker meetinghouse

13.  Turrell Skyspace, pairing light and space, set to open to the public

Turrell Skyspace, pairing light and space, set to open to the public (via NewsWorks)

Artist James Turrell and architect Jim Bradberry attend the first viewing of Turrell's Skyspace installation at the new Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting House. (Bas Slabbers)

The decision by a small group of Philadelphia Quakers to incorporate a James Turrell Skyspace light installation in the design of their new meetinghouse harks back to a tradition of pairing religion with art and architecture. “Greeting the Light” is…

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Pairing art with architecture — a look inside Chestnut Hill’s new Quaker meetinghouse (via NewsWorks)

Interior and exterior of the Chestnut Hill Meeting House. The building features one of the Skyspace art installations of artist James Turrell. (Bas Slabbers/Photo by Bas Slabbers)

Interior and exterior of the Chestnut Hill Meeting House. The building features one of the Skyspace art installations of artist James Turrell. (Photo by Bas Slabbers)

Pairing art with architecture — a look inside Chestnut Hill’s new Quaker meetinghouse (via NewsWorks)

Stunning is not usually a word that comes to mind when talking about Quakers but the Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting’s new meetinghouse, complete with a James Turrell Skyspace as its visual and meditative centerpiece will surely change that this fall.  …

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