A color-changing, open-ceilinged oblong room, a light buzz of traffic from 15th Avenue, instruction from the Seattle Insight Meditation society—it all makes James Turrell's Skyspace

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Best Spot for a Mental Escape

Henry Art Gallery

A color-changing, open-ceilinged oblong room, a light buzz of traffic from 15th Avenue, instruction from the Seattle Insight Meditation society—it all makes James Turrell's Skyspace at the Henry the perfect spot to find inner serenity. This gorgeously minimalist space, with wooden benches and walls that lean out from the floor, isn't exactly peaceful—you hear whooshing, grumbling buses and the metallic plink of the crosswalk signal. The air, however, is very good, and the shape of the room itself seems to inspire calm. If you open your eyes, the sky will seem to float, contained in the oval above. (The next session is 10 a.m. Sat., Sept. 13. Reservations required, 616-9894. Admission by donation.)—Adriana Grant

 
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