The Architect's Journal have published the news that American artist James Turrell (b.1943), who is best known for his meditative Skyspace artworks such as the one at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, will take no further part in the restoration of the grade II-listed Friends House (Quakers' Headquarters) oppposite Euston Station in Bloomsbury, London.
Architecture practice John McAslan + Partners have just won planning permission for the £4.25m refurbishment, with work due to start in early 2013.
According to the AJ:
"No explanation has been given as to why Turrell was no longer playing a part in the project. A spokeswoman for the Quakers simply said: ‘James Turrell is not involved with plans for Friends House.'The original designs were described as featuring a frameless piece of glass that ‘will appear to float above the auditorium, connecting the interior spaces to the sky above’."
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