A luminarium is a sculpture people enter to be moved to a sense of wonder at the beauty of light and colour. Since 1992, over 2 million visitors in 37 countries across 5 continents have immersed themselves in the spectacular, luminous world of Architects of Air.
“A luminarium meets a need in people, it offers a space somewhere between a womb and a cathedral. A luminarium is a sculpture people enter to be moved to a sense of wonder at the beauty of light and colour.
Since 1992 Architects of Air’s luminaria have made over 500 exhibitions in 37 countries. From Berlin to Brooklyn, Hong Kong to Hawaii, Taipei to Tel Aviv, Sao Paulo to the Sydney Opera House, the monumental walk-in sculptures of Architects of Air have enchanted audiences around the world.
Architects of Air build ‘luminaria’ – monumental inflatable structures designed to generate a sense of wonder at the beauty of light and colour.
A luminarium is a dazzling maze of winding paths and soaring domes where Islamic architecture, Archimedean solids and Gothic cathedrals meld into an inspiring mix of design and engineering. The luminaria are designed by company founder, Alan Parkinson, who started experimenting with pneumatic sculptures in the I980s. They are made at the company base in Nottingham (UK) using a plastic produced solely for Architects of Air. Only four colours of plastic are used to generate a great diversity of subtle hues. Every luminarium is an original design. All the luminaria are modular and can be configured according to different site requirements. Each luminarium is made up of around 20 elements that are zipped together on site to typically occupy an area of 1000 square metres.
Easy to erect, laying out the structure and anchoring can take as little as 4 hours then, in just 20 minutes, the luminarium is inflated to its monumental size.
The domes rise up to 10 metres high and provide the main focal points. The convoluted tunnels determine the journey the visitor will take. The luminaria also feature at least 30 ‘pods’ that are alcoves where people can sit and relax out of the way of the other visitors.
“The luminaria are successful precisely because they have that Le Grand Meaulnes quality of transforming a place, making a magical event, then quietly disappearing”.
Hugh Pearman, Sunday Times
这个超级雕塑Luminaria是一个让人在进入后感觉奇妙美丽光线和色彩的地方。从1992年到至今，已经有5大洲37个国家的200万游客沉浸在Architects of Air制造的这个壮观的光影世界。为人们提供一个介于子宫和教堂之间氛围的空间，幻化的光影给人们无数惊喜。
这个巨大的充气结构有着让人难以想象的光线和色彩，同时还是一个烟花缭乱的迷宫，有这弯曲的路径，类似伊斯兰建筑的圆顶和类似哥特建筑的尖顶。这是一项涉及与工人动人心魄的合作结果。由Architects of Air的创始人Alan Parkinson在80年代开始设计。只用四种颜色的塑料组合即可产生非常不可思议的多样色彩。Luminaria由原始的模块化单元组合而成，可以更具场地进行不同的配置，面积常常达到1000平米。4小时左右可以非常容易的架设，搭建，锚固起来，然后再短短的20分钟内充满气。最高处可以达10米，弯曲的隧道之中至少有30“豆荚”空间工人休息。
Photo: Ian Allen