The interior of this non-denominational chapel is a tranquil meditative environment and a major work of modern art, with fourteen black, color hued paintings by Mark Rothko, seven canvases with hard-edged black rectangles on maroon ground, and seven purple tonal paintings. The Broken Obelisk sculpture, one of three in the United States, sits serenely in its reflecting pool in front of the chapel.
The Chapel will be temporarily closed, starting March 4th, as part of a $30-million project to enhance the 2-acre campus. Inside the chapel — one of the world’s most important public art sites — the entryway will be reconfigured and a new central skylight a will be fitted so that Rothko’s 14 monumental paintings can be seen in more natural light, as he intended them to be. It is anticipated that the Chapel will be closed through most of 2019.