Akhob, by James Turrell
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thirty6chambers
los angeles16 contributions
Jan 2016 • Friends
You need to make an appointment 2 weeks in advance. I don't know why no one mentions such a crucial piece of info.
Written January 3, 2016
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chinpuss
Appleton, WI2 contributions
Oct 2017 • Friends
Loved the exhibit but the way the store presents it is off putting. They take you through the store and show you other art pieces in the store first, which are totally uninteresting and just take up your time. Very pretentious in the total way they present it but the exhibit is very cool in its simplicity and effect.
Written October 15, 2017
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Matthew B
16 contributions
Apr 2015 • Couples
Our visit to see Akhob at the Crystals Louis Vuitton store started with a tour of the store itself. The store at Crystals is over 34,000 square feet and it was fascinating to have an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the private showrooms, historical artifacts and stunning luxury goods contained within. Our guide Judith was both knowledgeable and an impeccable host for this tour, after which she guided us to the "Akhob" installation. Two docents inside explained in detail Turrell's artistic vision, the installation and then accompanied us while we experienced the Ganzfeld effect within. While difficult to describe in words, the overall effect of "Akhob" was meditative and captivating. You are immersed in a seemingly endless space inside two chambers. Sometimes a boundary exists beyond and then that boundary disappears, as the colors slowly change and merge together. I found the experience similar to standing in a dense fog but more peaceful and soothing. The docents were accomodating and helpful in answering our questions, and served as the perfect guides to this experience. My partner described "Akhob" as a vision of heaven and I must agree that this unique installation by the visionary Turrell is an otherworldly experience. I recommend this to all adults who appreciate fine art and are willing to quietly open themselves to Turrell's visionary art. Please note that an appointment is required in advance and you must be able to navigate stairs without a railing - not for children or the elderly.
Written April 10, 2015
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virtvacat
Pataskala, OH117 contributions
Feb 2020
Waste of 30 minutes of my day. Two rooms that slowly meld from one color to another. I had the exhibit to myself but failed to be moved by the Ganzfeld effect to any emotional state or hallucinatory status. Two "docents" dressed in white keep you from falling out of the exhibit. Photos are strictly prohibited. I found the whole "secret society" aspect of hanging out in a waiting room at Louis Vutton whilst awaiting my private elevator transport with an appropriately pretentious black garbed guide to the darkened anteroom (where they ask you to sign a 3 page release form that they seem annoyed you are actually squinting to read in semi-darkness) off-putting. Striving to be relevant. Failing.
Written February 19, 2020
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William G
2 contributions
Mar 2017 • Solo
While I "get" the spiritual and transformative aspects of Turrell works, the extremely controlled access by the tele-gallerina to this work is pretentious at best. She acts as if she is besieged by heretics who expect to visit the work.
Written March 2, 2017
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bourbonandgoose
Los Angeles, CA4 contributions
Sep 2016 • Business
Plan ahead: they are booked 1 week in advanced and not open Tuesdays/Wednesdays.

I gave one star for the woman I spoke with on the phone. Waited on hold for 10 minutes and then received lots of attitude for trying to book a tour.

The exhibit would benefit from having an info page online instead of a poor customer service rep on the phone.
Written September 19, 2016
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Wellington24
Milton, MA260 contributions
May 2013 • Solo
It's so hard to describe this experience. Akhob in a physical sense is a series of rooms (perhaps described as a tunnel) that you walk through while carefully timed LEDs bathe everything in a series of all-encoupassing colors. Beyond the physical is the actual experience. You lose yourself here. The installation carefully creates an impeccable ganzfeld, whereby you cannot determine hight, depth, width--any dimension. You can't tell if your feet are even on the ground--it creates a feeling of floating. A feeling of nothingness. A feeling of absolute peace. This installation is part of the Louis Vuitton store but if you are not a customer and call and ask for a showing you may be able to get an appointment. I suggest strongly that you try!
Written July 7, 2013
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Travelbugsforlife
WORCESTER1,078 contributions
Sep 2019
Based on tripadvisor reviews I knew to book early. Our group of 6 booked our visit 2 months in advance. The person on the phone was friendly and was each to book with. We arrived at the store a few minutes before our reservation and had to hang out, not terrible if you love LV. Because they keep the groups small, we had a private viewing for our group, it was amazing. It is hard to explain but there are two connected rooms and the light changes in the different rooms at different times and it creates visual tricks. At points it looks like the room goes on forever, at points you are not seeing the color you think you are. It was such a unique experience. I also want to share that it is free. The LV foundation does this for free, so anyone can enjoy this breathtaking light/art installation.
Written November 7, 2019
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redshoesfall99
Las Vegas, NV1 contribution
Aug 2018 • Friends
It's free. There ya go. It's a wonderfully composed little exhibit of which has an incredible concept. What's keeping me from giving it a higher rating is the inability to sit or lie down anywhere. You just stand there in silence and listen to the A/C or your guide pipes up every now and then. It would just be so lovely to be able to rest and listen to music in combination with being bathed in color, to really treat all the senses as passionately. They don't allow you to use your phone (which is fine, I suppose) but the silence sort of bugs me out and took me out of it and made me a little antsy. You stand there for what feels like half an hour and walk around and do nothing but enjoy the color, which is pretty cool, but could be more still.
Written September 10, 2018
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Tripping9900
Pittsburgh, PA378 contributions
Sep 2018
We booked a month in advance and were pleasantly surprised when there was only one other couple participating (they keep the number of people on a tour limited as only so many can fit in the space comfortably).

You wait on the first level of the Louis Vitton store by the open trunk that is sitting on the floor. A docent comes and takes you by elevator to the exhibit (with some brief stops along the way to point out other interesting art).

Once at the exhibit area, you remove your shoes, put on booties and sign and initial a waiver form (there are a few steps involved in the exhibit). Once you walk up about five or six steps (no handrails) you enter the exhibit area (it is hard to explain what you see but you stand in or walk around the two rooms (there is a step between the two rooms, again no handrail) while colors change on the wall during a 15-minute cycle.

The perception of trying to figure out where the walls begin and end and where there appears to be a wall but isn't is all very fascinating. I admire the artist's imagination and skill at making this exhibit and recommend this attraction as there is nothing else like it that I have experienced.

The fact that it is free and is a permanent attraction is awesome.
Written September 6, 2018
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