Irish Sky Garden

By James Turrell



Sky Garden 

Designed and constructed under the close observation of famed Artist, James Turrell, The Irish Sky Garden or Crater gives the viewer a totally unique opportunity to admire and enjoy the ‘celestial vault’. Turrell, considered the greatest American Land Art Artist, has turned the Crater into a massive naked – eye observatory. The sky is his studio.


The Artist creates anticipation, wonder and joy for the viewer both in terms of the simplicity of the idea and the complexity of the construction. Each element has been carefully engineered to appear natural (but in fact not one element has been left to chance.) This attention to detail insures that each element is experienced in the way that the artist intended, almost like he was standing at your shoulder whispering in your ear what to do next…His design allows, either in daylight or at night, for the viewer to truly experience the sky at that particular moment in time without any distractions or impediments. Against the soft green background of the grass and the closely cropped top edge of the Crater…no distractions remain to draw the viewer’s eye, what is left is just the sky, the Irish Sky.The Artist intended that the Crater be visited by very small groups of people and in fact two is the perfect number. The ‘Vault Purchase’ (stone plinth) is designed for two lying toe to toe, their necks resting on the ‘Neck Roll’ allowing them to view this amazing framing of the Irish Sky.


Garden Open Hours

**Please note: Due to COVID-19 the Sky Garden will be open to Residents only until further notice


Make the most out of your Sky Garden visit… 

From the grandeur of the Bridal Suite in the Country House, to the detached tranquility of the Victorian Lake Lodge, to the unpretentious simplicity of the Mews, our 25 bedrooms are as varied and unique as their surroundings. Regardless of which room you’re in, you’ll appreciate that underlying quality that defines a stay at Liss Ard.


A private escape for you & your group… 

Looking for the perfect location for your family occasion or group? Our Lake Lodge is the perfect location for you, this tranquil house sleeps 20, with 10 large bedrooms. At Liss Ard, we hope that when you stay with us, you take advantage of the grounds on the estate. There are countless paths and trails throughout the estate to enjoy the natural beauty.

For groups or events please call 028 40 000 or email events@lissard.com

small lake next to the Lake Lodge on Liss Ard Estate
Bob More

I’m not a person who looks for peace and quiet, but the moment you walk out of the car park and join the pathway under the trees, something washes over you. It’s a beautiful quitetude… Drift away into your own calmness.

Stand on the jetty and look out onto the lough, walk through the standing stones then walk through the short tunnel into the “sky garden”. There you just let everything wash over you……

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