Architects of Air KATENA Luminarium is a part of BLINK Cincinnati 2017, a light and art event that will transform the City, October 12-15.
Hours of entry are 10:30am to 6:30pm. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased on-site at Washington Park. The luminarium is accessible to wheelchair users and people with mobility difficulties. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult (maximum 4 children per adult).
Architects of Air will be Blink’s only paid and ticketed attraction.
Visitors remove their shoes before entering an airlock. Once inside they can wander freely or just lay back and enjoy the ambiance of the structure.
The first reaction is often one of delight at the unexpected beauty of the light.
The radiance of the daylight transmitted by the coloured pvc of the luminarium is surprising in its luminosity and makes a direct impact on the senses.
Through labyrinthine tunnels and cavernous domes, visitors move in a medium of saturated and subtle hues. Vivid reflections of liquid colour spill across the curved walls creating a world apart from the normal and everyday.
Visitors are excited to discover how different colours blend or resonate; how they transform faces and clothing. Some explore, following their maps through the maze immersing themselves in radiant colour.
No two visits to a structure are alike as the atmosphere inside alters according to changing weather and changing light outside. The experience is also affected by how the public inhabits the luminarium.
It is a paradox that such a stimulating environment can simultaneously be so calming. Many people find the luminaria a place for rest or meditation.
Visitors try to put their experience into words – comparing the experience to being in a futuristic space station or the human body.
Sometimes the structure may be animated by a musician or a storyteller but, more often, the space is enjoyed in its simplicity. As such, it is appreciated by people of all ages from all backgrounds
In the course of the exhibition as many as 2000 visitors per day may have passed through the luminarium to have been touched by a sense of wonder at the beauty of light and colour.
Architects of Air KATENA Luminarium is designed by Alan Parkinson: architects-of-air.com