American artist James Turrell is known for working with light installations and space to create immersive environments that challenge a viewer’s perception of the world around them and create wonder. When French crystal brand Lalique asked him to collaborate on a collection, the scale of the work was much different—the Crystal Light release includes two perfume bottles and a series of decorative crystal wall panels—but Turrell’s approach was not. “The light I am interested in is the one we see with our eyes closed, the one in our dreams,” he says. “The aim of my work is to enable people to perceive this same light while they are awake, with their eyes open.” Inspired by the 1912 Zane Grey novel Riders of the Purple Sage, Turrell attempted to capture the beauty of the American West through the ethereal tones of the arid desert and its brilliant sunsets.
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