The Blanton Museum of Art has acquired what could come to be known as one of the great modern masterpieces. Originally conceptualized in 1986, but never built, Ellsworth Kelly’s first and only building, Austin, will finally take shape on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin. Overland, through the work with artist James Turrell on The Color Inside, was brought on to realize the artist’s master work. The project has become particularly meaningful for many with Kelly’s passing in 2015, as it will now also be Kelly’s final work.
Three of the chapel’s vaulted arms draw the gaze up to stained glass installations, creating a dynamic play of color and light as the sun moves throughout the day. The fourth arm of the building houses a towering redwood totem. Fourteen black-and-white stone reliefs constructed of marble quarried from Carrara, Italy—the same quarry used for Michelangelo’s Pietà—hang on the walls. Upon completion, Austin will be a destination art piece, allowing visitors to see the world through the eyes of a great artist.
- Architectural Record, “On the Boards,” March 2015
- Architects’ Newspaper, “Famed Artist to Bring Color-Filled Chapel to UT Austin,” March 2015
- New York Times, “Texas Museum to Build Ellsworth Kelly Design,” February 2015
- Texas Architect, “Paperwork,” May/June 2015
- Art Forum, “Blanton Museum of Art Will Construct Ellsworth Kelly Design,” February 2015
- Austin Culture Map, “Blanton Museum Acquires One-of-a-Kind Ellsworth Kelly Installation for Permanent Collection,” February 2015
- Phaidon, “Take a Look Inside Ellswork Kelly’s New ‘Chapel,'” February 2015