Daily digest: James Turrell’s newest Skyspace, Frank Gehry’s jazz opera, and more

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Daily digest: James Turrell’s newest Skyspace, Frank Gehry’s jazz opera, and more

The mountains of Pikes Peak, Colorado. James Turrell’s latest Skyspace will soon open on land that was originally supposed to be a private home (Alex Vassios/Unsplash)

Welcome back to another top of the Tuesday. Here are stories on art, infrastructure, and planning you need to know today:

Pete Buttigieg sits down to discuss the future of transportation

It’s infrastructure week over at The Verge and to kick off their coverage of all things transportation, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg sat down to discuss exactly that. Buttigieg laid out the administration’s plans for future-proofing U.S. infrastructure, the potential for a national Vision Zero plan, hitting 2030 emission targets, and more.

H/t to The Verge

James Turrell will open a new Skyspace in the mountains of Colorado this summer

James Turrell’s next immersive sky-viewing experience will open in the hills of Pikes Peak, Colorado, on July 10. Visitors to Green Mountain Falls (near Colorado Springs) will be able to visit the remote installation, but only during warmer months; the newest Skyspace, which will frame a view of the sky as an architectural and artistic intervention in and of itself, will be covered in the winter to stop animals from hibernating inside.

H/t to The Art Newspaper

Frank Gehry is set designing a jazz opera

Grammy-winning saxophone player and composer Wayne Shorter is making his dreams come true, and Frank Gehry is helping out. Remaking Euripides’s Iphigenia in Aulis, a play about a woman giving everything up to further a militaristic state, as a modern-day opera about Black American life, family, and gender, Iphigenia is set to debut this spring. Frank Gehry will design the opera’s sets and collaborate with Shorter and lead performer Esperanza Spalding to bring the reimagining to life.

H/t to New Music USA

A recycled pavilion goes up at the Camden-Philadelphia divide

A new installation made from recycled soda cans and face masks has appeared on the shore of the Delaware River in Camden, New Jersey. The SLO Architecture-designed Turntable will remain in Cooper’s Poynt Waterfront Park facing downtown Philadelphia for the next six months. Shaped like a double-skinned dome lifted on orange steel piers, the sculpture is an ever-present commentary on the site’s past (there used to be a prison there), potential energy, and unnecessary consumer waste.

H/t to Archinect

The world’s oldest home is discovered in a South African cave

Research at Wonderwerk Cave in South Africa has turned up evidence that humans used the natural rock formation for shelter nearly 2 million years ago, including remnants of fires and tools. Geologists and archeologists are confident that they’ve found pieces of 1.8-million-year-old tools in the cave, thanks to sediment sampling that documents the reversal of the Earth’s magnetic poles, something that happens with a measurable regularity.

H/t to Hyperallergic

After a deadly overpass collapse in Mexico, anger at the government over delayed maintenance

Tragedy hit Mexico City last Monday, May 3, when an overpass collapsed, derailing the subway train on top of it, killing 24 people and injuring over 70 more. The city’s massive Golden Line extension was only formally opened in 2012, but residents had been lodging worries over the overpass’s structural integrity for years. When maintenance workers dispatched to deal with the problem complained to the government, they were reportedly fired for speaking up. Now the country is furious at President Andrés Manuel López Obrador over the deferred maintenance, alleging his austerity plans cut funding to fix the line’s problems before they spiraled out of hand.

H/t to the New York Times