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Experience the Sunset at Skyspace in Chestnut Hill

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Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting

20 East Mermaid Lane

Philadelphia, PA 19118

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Free tickets are available only at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3040165 then click the Register button and use the drop-down menu to select your preferred opening. Due to our current system, the sole registration is via Brown Paper Tickets. We can't guarantee you'll be admitted without a Brown Paper Ticket registration. You may also register multiple friends and family members here. Additionally, the only way to be notified of weather-related changes is if you’ve registered on Brown Paper Tickets. Walk-ins are welcome as long as space allows after ticketed registrants are admitted.

Experience the sunset or sunrise in Philadelphia's only James Turrell Skyspace at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting. A large opening in the ceiling plus a lighting program provide a unique perspective on the sky that is hard to describe and must be seen to be appreciated.

Artist Stuart Shils, has this to say about Skyspace:

“Skyspace in Chestnut Hill is like taking an hour's departure from all that is familiar, and stepping deliciously into another world of the mind and senses. Yet, it isn't another world at all, but perhaps a carefully shaped portal that takes us deeper into our own world, slowly and powerfully, in a way that good art is capable of achieving. Yes, Skyspace is a work of art, but not like conventional painting or sculpture. Here, we are required to give ourselves up, to make the commitment for an hour to unplug, slow down and disengage from everything outside the Meetinghouse doors and, as the Beatles described in the 60's, 'drift downstream'. One doesn't go there to 'observe' an object as in a museum experience, but to be connected to an expanding moment, to be part of the flow of time and light. I know, if you haven’t yet been there yet this sounds mystical and in a way it is. The experience of Skyspace is very different from most of what we encounter in the course of a day and for me, akin to having some kind of very extreme sensory and cerebral shower from which I emerge reconstructed, refocused and full of joy.”

Stuart Shils is native of Philadelphia involved with the visual arts, and spends time following the vectors of bird song in Carpenters Woods. http://stuartshils.com/

Please register at: 
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3040165 Click the Register button and use the drop-down menu to select your preferred opening. Please arrive about 15 minutes before the noted time of sunset or sunrise to get seated. The Meetinghouse will open approximately 30 minutes before the viewing time. Viewings last 50 minutes. Donations are accepted on the registration site or at Skyspace if you wish. Skyspace is run by volunteers. Donations are needed to maintain its specialized structure, mechanics and electronics.

Guests are encouraged to bring yoga mats and cushions if they would like to lie down on the floor or prop their heads up while sitting on the benches. 

 The Skyspace experience, including roof opening, will only occur if the temperature is above 40° F with no risk of precipitation. A 20-minute closed-roof light sequence is presented if the roof cannot be opened. 


There's plenty of free parking onsite. SEPTA Chestnut Hill East regional rail stops 2 blocks from Skyspace at Wyndmoor Station. Restaurants abound from 1 block to 1 mile away in both Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy. 


Email Skyspace@Chestnuthillquakers.org to be notified of future events or see Meetup.

Please note: To maximize the experience and to respect the artist's wishes, no photography is permitted and we ask that you switch off your electronic devices in Skyspace.

See some visitors’ comments here:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g60795-d6438887-Reviews-Chestnut_Hill_Skyspace-Philadelphia_Pennsylvania.html

https://www.yelp.com/biz/chestnut-hill-friends-meeting-philadelphia

Turrell videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BuJpDXkMz8 4 mins.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjQik2RJZ5w&feature=youtu.be 25 mins.

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