Interested in the various ways that we experience light, Turrell uses a television as the light source in this work. Turrell discovered that different types of programming, such as the news, sports or cartoons, emit different kinds of light. Taking its title from a popular cartoon series from the 1950s and '60s, "Beanie and Cecil," the light in this piece comes from television cartoons reflected onto the interior walls of the work. James Turrell is one of the most celebrated American artists working today. Born in California in 1943, he grew up with an enduring love of aviation and the sky, as well as a fascination with light. His Quaker background also substantially formed his approach to life and art, with its emphasis on silent access to the "light within." From age six, Turrell was urged by his grandmother to "go inside and greet the light" at Quaker meetings. In the early 1960's, Turrell studied perceptual psychology at Pomona College, taking additional classes in other scientific disciplines, such as mathematics, geology and astronomy.