A visitor’s first reaction is often one of delight at the unexpected beauty of the light. The extraordinary luminosity of light inside the luminarium makes a direct impact on the senses that has to be seen to be believed.
Visitors remove their shoes before entering an airlock and once inside the body of the luminarium they can wander freely through labyrinthine tunnels and cavernous domes, or just lay back and enjoy the ambience of the structure.
Visitors describe their experience:
“One of the most remarkable experiences of my life. I was blissfully a child”. Russell Rand, Detroit
“Somewhere between a womb and a cathedral”. Jatin Kronz, Prague
“My family found it a most magical experience. Personally I felt a calmness and sense of envelopment like nothing I've ever imagined”. Ingrid Freeman, Birmingham
As well as providing an awe-inspiring arts experience, a luminarium gives these benefits:
INCLUSIVITY - a luminarium is for everyone, appreciated by all ages, all cultures, all abilities including the elderly and wheelchair users.
A BIG DRAW - this monumental cathedral of air is a spectacular attraction to passers-by. The luminaria may be a highly visible centerpiece to a festival or an attraction in their own right.
MEDIA VISIBILITY - exhibitions attract TV coverage, often live broadcasts. Front-page photos in the press are common - one Press Association photo was seen by 100’s of millions of people around the world.
VERSATILITY - luminaria are modular and adaptable to different sites. Usually successful in their own right they permit other uses such as performance and night-time illumination.
SPONSOR APPEAL - a luminarium provides a great platform for raising a sponsor’s visibility, offering a wide range of possibilities for publicity and hospitality.
HIGH ATTENDANCE - a capacity of 80 visitors at any one time can mean up to 200 visitors per hour.
“It was one of the greatest examples of the arts reaching the everyday citizen I have ever seen”.
Emily L. Spruill, Director of Cultural Affairs, Virginia Beach
“Once again you and your staff immersed us in truly rich and magical moments within the luminarium. Our audiences were enthralled”.
Heather T. Spicuzza, Director of Programming, Ordway CPA, St Paul.
Hi, I'm Mado, the managing director of Architects of Air. I will be in New York from 14th to 22nd of January and will be present at the full APAP conference and at our booth during Expo Hall days. I'd be delighted to meet up with presenters interested to hear more about our work and explain about the amazing experience of hosting a luminarium. I am very much looking forward to this first APAP experience !
Temporary cellphone during APAP: 737.600.7811
Architects of Air are based in Nottingham, England. Each year they build a new luminarium designed by company founder Alan Parkinson, whose inspirations range from Archimedean geometry, natural forms to Islamic & Gothic architecture.
Since 1992 the luminaria have made over 600 exhibitions in 41 countries. Architects of Air have had a presence in North America from 1996, each year presenting a fresh luminarium. Around half the North American bookings are repeat visits. Our last exhibition of 2015 at the Long Center, Austin will be our 4th visit in 4 successive years.