Each artist's work is installed in a separate building or buildings on the Chinati Foundation's grounds. For instance, Dan Flavin's large-scale works in colored fluorescent light have a permanent home in six former barracks buildings. Two parallel tilted corridors are constructed at the connecting arms of each U-shaped building. These corridors contain light barriers that are placed either in the center or at the end of each corridor. The barriers consist of eight-foot-long fluorescent light fixtures, occupying the entire height and width of the corridor. The tubes are installed with space between them, allowing a view through the barrier. Each fixture holds two differently colored bulbs shining in opposite directions. The barriers in the six buildings utilize four colors: pink, green, yellow, and blue. The first two buildings use pink and green, the next two yellow and blue, and the last two buildings bring all four colors together. Two windows at the end of each long arm of the U allow daylight to enter the building and permit a view into the vast landscape.
Dan Flavin, untitled (Marfa project), 1996, detail. Permanent collection, the Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas. Photo by Douglas Tuck, 2009, courtesy of the Chinati Foundation. © 2011 Stephen Flavin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.