Twilight Epiphany (2012), The James Turrell Skyspace at the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion at Rice University. Photo: Florian Holzherr. Image courtesy Rice University.



Located adjacent to the Shepherd School of Music on the Rice University campus is the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion, James Turrell's Twilight Epiphany Skyspace.

Built in 2012, the pyramidal structure accommodates 120 people between two levels. Twilight Epiphany is acoustically engineered to host musical performances and to act as a laboratory for Shepherd School of Music students. Constructed of grass, concrete, stone, and composite steel, the structure is equipped with an LED light sequence that projects onto the ceiling and through an aperture in the 72-foot square knife-edge roof during sunrise and at sunset. Turrell's composition of light complements the natural light present at twilight and transforms the Skyspace into a locale for experiencing beauty and reflecting on the surrounding campus and the natural world. 

The Twilight Epiphany light sequence can be viewed every day at sunrise and sunset. The sunrise light sequence begins approximately 40 minutes before sunrise; we recommend you arrive an hour before sunrise. The Sunset light sequence begins about 10 minutes before sunset. Each sequence lasts approximately 40 minutes. Sunrise and sunset times can be found here

Twilight Epiphany was made possible by Suzanne Deal Booth, Rice alumna and member of the Rice Public Art Committee. 

The James Turrell Skyspace Docent Program ensures the long-term stewardship of the Twilight Epiphany Skyspace. Docents are current Rice University students who serve as ambassadors to the Rice community about the artwork and its history. Docents are on-site during each sunset light sequence. For more information about becoming a Skyspace docent, please contact

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Click here to find out more about the public art on Rice's campus and the free exhibitions and events at the Moody Center for the Arts.