Irish Sky Garden

By James Turrell

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

The Gardens will be open to non-residents from the 3rd of May 2020 between 12 PM - 5 PM on the dates listed below.⁣

The restaurant will be open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday from 6:00 pm starting from the 21st of May (reservation recommended)⁣

Come and explore the 163 acres of magical woodlands and experience the beauty of Liss Ard Estate and the James Turrell Sky Garden.

If you are not a resident and would like to view the Sky Garden there is a cost of €10 per person (reservation recommended).

Guided tours are available on request, keys are to be collected from reception.

The gardens will be open to the public on the following dates.

May 2020

Sunday 3rd, Thursday 21st, Sunday 24th, Wednesday 27th, Thursday 28th, Sunday 31st

June 2020

Wednesday 3rd, Thursday 4th, Sunday 7th, Wednesday 10th, Thursday 11th, Wednesday 17th, Thursday 18th, Sunday 21st, Wednesday 24th, Thursday 25th, Sunday 28th

July 2020

Wednesday 1st, Thursday 2nd, Sunday 5th, Wednesday 8th, Thursday 9th, Sunday 12th, Wednesday 15th, Thursday 16th, Sunday 19th, Wednesday 22nd, Thursday 23rd, Sunday 26th, Wednesday 29th, Thursday 30th

August 2020

Sunday 2nd, Wednesday 5th, Thursday 6th, Wednesday 12th, Thursday 13th, Sunday 16th, Wednesday 19th, Thursday 20th, Sunday 23rd, Wednesday 26th, Thursday 27th, Sunday 30th

September 2020

Wednesday 2nd, Thursday 3rd, Wednesday 9th, Thursday 10th, Sunday 13th, Wednesday 16th, Thursday 17th, Sunday 20th, Wednesday 23rd, Thursday 24th, Sunday 27th, Wednesday 30th and Thursday 1st October.

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T | +353 (0)28 40 000 

E | reservations@lissard.com

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