Architects of Air aim to build a new luminarium every year. The luminaria are made in AoA’s Nottingham workshop using a pvc custom-made in France uniquely for AoA.
The plastic is cut using hardboard templates and the pieces are then glued together. The actual fabrication process is very simple and does not require sophisticated equipment.
One of the exciting things about inflatable making is not knowing exactly what you’ve got until you blow it up. After several months of building the luminarium is hauled off to a local sports hall and there we get to find out what’s worked and what hasn’t.
Each luminarium requires a workforce of 5 - 6 people and about 4 – 6 months to complete. A luminarium will last for about 300 days of exhibition spread over about 4 years before it is cut into pieces to be recycled.