The Architects of Air are returning to The Long Center November 20-29, 2015. This larger-than-life interactive sculpture is the perfect exhibit to take the entire family to the week of Thanksgiving break. Architects of Air features a series of interactive, inflatable ‘sculptures,’ that visitors actually walk around inside and this year, it features a brand new luminarium: Pentalum!
Maybe you have seen the luminarium in years past? Once it is installed and inflated, it is visible from across the city, including downtown Austin and all along Lady Bird Lake and the trails. Visitors can walk inside the structure and experience a spectacular and surreal world.
We are excited to check out the new Pentalum Luminarium. From the press release:
The Pentalum Luminarium represents a new step in the evolution of luminarium design. Taking the best from what has been learned from past structures, designers have achieved greater control over the inflated form.
Built in 2013, Pentalum is a celebration of the beauty of geometry. The luminaria have long used forms based on the Platonic solid, the dodecahedron, and the variants subsequently described by Archimedes and Catalan. The designer, Alan Parkinson, particularly favors these forms because of how they can complement the sense of discovery. They do this because they are forms that don’t have symmetrical axes to settle the viewer in the space.
Architects of Air was originally created as a theatre project for people with learning disabilities. World-wind popularity has grown over the years, however, accessibility to the widest audience has always been a central goal of their work. I love that these installations can be appreciated by all ages, all cultures and all abilities. The luminaria can be accessed by the elderly and wheelchair users.
Architects of Air will be open to the public November 20-29, weekdays from 10AM to 5PM, weekends from 9AM to 5PM (final admission at 5PM). It will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Tickets available at the Long Center, same day as entrance. $12 per person over 18 years old, $8 for ages 3-17, and, children 2 and under are free (Children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult – 1 adult for every 4 children).