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Press Release: Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens

Good morning,

Please find below a press release on behalf of Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, regarding James Turrell's art installation - ‘Aqua Oscura' - and the launch of associated etchings at a prestigious event in New York next week.

This unique sensory art installation, by world-famous artist James Turrell, is available to visit, within the breath-taking grounds of Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens in Cornwall.

Please find attached a selection of images, as captioned in the editor's notes below. Higher res and alternatives are available on request.

If you would like to visit the Aqua Oscura and undertake the unique experience for yourself, or if you would like to visit Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, I would be delighted to arrange this.

Kind regards

Helen Mulhern
Managing Director of Eventy Marketing
07747 633236 /



TO: News Desk
FROM: Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens
DATE: 17thOctober 2019


A unique Cornish attraction will receive international attention next week as part of a prestigious event taking place in New York.

A set of four polymer gravure etchings titled ‘Aqua Oscura', printed and published by Paupers Press in conjunction with Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, will be launched at the IFPDA Print Fair at the Javit Centre, New York from 23rd - 27th October 2019.

Billed as "The Largest International Art Fair Celebrating 500 Years of Printmaking", the etchings will depict images from the ‘Aqua Oscura' - a unique installation from world-famous artist James Turrell, which is hosted withinTremenheere Sculpture Gardensnear Penzance in Cornwall.

Under a canopy of trees, beneath the ground, within a Victorian water settling tank in Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, James Turrell installed a sensory art experience like no other, prior to the gardens opening in 2012.

Using just a pinhole aperture, natural light and an angled mirror, Turrell projects an image onto the wall of the subterranean tank that cannot immediately be seen with the naked eye in the complete darkness.

After spending some minutes of sensory deprivation, the viewer's brain and eyes adjust, allowing them to see the image of the sky and tree canopy above.

Using long-exposure photography, these images from Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens' ‘Aqua Oscura' have now been captured and will be launched as etchings next week in New York, for the world to see.

Tom Heale, Gallery Manager for Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens said:
"We are delighted that these images are now coming to light for everyone. We are extremely proud to host James Turrell's ‘Aqua Oscura' atTremenheere Sculpture Gardens, which is a truly unique sensory experience. Seeing prints of the images that his installation creates feature in this prestigious New York event is very exciting and we welcome anyone to experience the ‘Aqua Oscura' for themselves here in Cornwall".

Requiring invigilation, Turrell's installation is open to the public on specific days including Saturday 26th October and Saturday 2nd November, 11am - 1pm; before the garden closes for winter after 3rd November.

Tom continued: "Cornwall is known across the world for its art and light. James Turrell's ‘Aqua Oscura' brings these two elements together and the result is literally spine-tingling. We hope visitors will come and explore the artwork that we are proud to exhibit throughout our grounds from internationally renowned artists such as David Nash and Richard Long as well as James Turrell".

This is the second installation byJames Turrellwithin Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens' beautiful, sheltered valley, which overlooks St Michael's Mount; it is also home to Turrell's Tewlwolow Kernow - an elliptical domed ‘Skyspace' chamber designed as a space from which to view the sky.

Having attracted the media and art lovers from across the globe, next week's New York event is expected to bring even more world attention to Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens.

Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens' woods, stream and dramatic vistas provide the perfect setting for large-scale exotic and sub-tropical planting, which is interwoven with an evolving programme of contemporary artwork by internationally renowned artists who have interacted with the setting to create site-specific permanent work that harmonise with the landscape.

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Film footage of the ‘Aqua Oscura" and etchings can be viewed at

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CONTACT: Tom Heale, Gallery Manager at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens - 01736 322092 /
Or Helen Mulhern on 07747 633236 /

IMAGE: Please find attached:

-         Images of Tom Heale, Gallery Manager at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens with James Turrell's Aqua Oscura.

-         Images of the prints from Paupers Press (left to right, top to bottom): Winter, Autumn, Summer, Spring.

-         A photo of "Winter" as projected into the Aqua Oscura

Higher res and alternatives available on request.

For more information on the IFPDA Print Fair at the Javit Centre, New York 23rd - 27th October 2019, please visit

James Turrell:For over half a century James Turrell has worked directly with light and space to create artworks that engage viewers with the limits and wonder of human perception. An avid pilot, James has logged over twelve thousand hours flying, and considers the sky as his studio, material and canvas. Citing the parable of Plato's ‘Cave', Turrell introduces us to the notion that we are living in a reality of our own creation, subject to our human sensory limitations as well as contextual and cultural norms.

Outwardly, ‘Aqua Oscura' is a reversal of Turrell's use of light to saturate highly modified spaces. Informed by his training in perceptual psychology and a childhood fascination with light, Turrell began experimenting with light as a medium in southern California in the mid-1960s. In 1967, The Pasadena Art Museum mounted a one-man show of his Projection Pieces, created with high-intensity projectors and precisely modified spaces. Investigations such as these, aligning and mixing interior and exterior, formed the groundwork for the open sky spaces found in his later Skyspace, Tunnel and Crater artworks.