las vegas: akhob

© louis vuitton / photography: florian holzherr

james turrell is hot property. after a retrospective opened in los angeles that was later followed by a major show in houston, we discussed another one of the light artist's rather brilliant showcases in a previous post. and now we hear that a new and permanent large-scale installation has opened at the louis vuitton maison in las vegas. titled akhob, which means 'pure water' in amarna-period egyptian, it's located above the store and is staged in two colourfully lit chambers in order to prepare visitors for the sensing space, where they perceive an intriguing light-filled void of indeterminate dimension. this installation uses the so-called ganzfeld effect, a phenomenon of visual perception that happens when a viewer stares at an unstructured, uniform field of colour. mind you, access to the installation is by appointment only and is limited to four viewers at a time. location: crystals mall, 3720 south las vegas boulevard, suite 103 [paradise].

© louis vuitton / photography: florian holzherr