Absolutely Cultured to bring Luminarium by Architects of Air to Hull park

17th Jun

This summer, an inflatable structure will invite visitors to explore a labyrinth of light and colour in Hull’s Pearson Park.

Absolutely Cultured presents Luminarium, a walk-in sculpture designed by Alan Parkinson of Architects of Air that people can enter to experience a kaleidoscopic encounter with light. Inspired by Islamic, Gothic and modern architecture, it combines intricate engineering with joyful visual design to create a truly sensory experience.

Taking place in Pearson Park from July 26-30, Luminarium is a family-friendly installation that has a calming effect on adults while encouraging children to think, question and explore. Inspired by natural shapes such as soap bubbles, plant formations and organic cells, the interactive sculpture gives visitors the unique opportunity to enjoy a few minutes of mindfulness.

Architects of Air, a Nottingham-based arts company, has been building a variety of luminaria since 1992. Over the past 30 years these temporary structures have toured 43 countries and received more than three million visitors, presenting a transformative space half the size of a football pitch that feels like a living painting.

Designer Alan Parkinson said: “What motivates me to design is the fact that I continue to be struck by the beauty of light and colour found in the luminaria. These structures nurture an awareness of a pure phenomenon that gently cuts through everyday conditioned perceptions and awakens a sense of wonder in people.”

The 12-sided inflatable structure takes the form of three cavernous domes connected by tunnels and pods. As sunlight filters through coloured fabric, silver surfaces are illuminated and fill the space with gradually changing hues. Visually stunning and gently mesmerising, Luminarium is a must-see cultural installation for people of all ages.

Dedicated to creating opportunities for high-quality cultural experiences for everyone in Hull, Absolutely Cultured has ensured that Luminarium will be accessible and numerous HEY! Volunteers will be on site to welcome and guide visitors.

Stephen Munn, CEO and artistic director at Absolutely Cultured, said: “Architects of Air build astounding environments that have to be seen to be believed. Luminarium merges geometrical shapes, otherworldly illumination and an ambient soundscape to transport you to a realm of quiet contemplation and curiosity, inviting adults and children to discover the versatility of art.

“I am so pleased that Absolutely Cultured is presenting this amazing installation in Hull – Pearson Park is the ideal site, as so many different people use this fantastic space to relax in.”

Tickets for 30-minute slots between 11am and 5pm are priced at £3 per person, with children aged under five admitted free of charge. Tickets go on sale on Friday, July 1, and people are encouraged to book in advance, although a box office will be present outside Luminarium during opening hours.

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