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The Cowboy and the Eclipse


About this film →

The last solar eclipse of the 20th century occurred on 11 August 1999.  To commemorate this historic event the brilliant American artist, James Turrell, was commissioned to produce a special work located on a hillside overlooking St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall.
Turrell is famous for thinking big. The material he works with is light.  And his Cornish artwork was what Turrell christened a ‘Skyspace’ – a special chamber for viewing the sky.
This film documents two years with Turrell working and living in both Cornwall and at his ranch in Arizona, leading up to eclipse itself.