The Long Center presents Architects of Air: Exxopolis Luminarium
The Exxopolis Luminarium is a stunning sculpture that people enter to be moved to a sense of wonder at the beauty of light and color. Vivid reflections of liquid color spill across the curved walls creating a world apart from the normal and every day. Since 1992, more than two million visitors in 37 countries across five continents have immersed themselves in the spectacular, luminous world of Architects of Air.
Visitors remove their shoes before entering an airlock. Once inside they can wander freely or just lay back and enjoy the ambience of the structure. Often the first reaction is one of delight at the unexpected beauty of the light. The radiance of the daylight transmitted by the colored 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.
Visitors are excited to discover how different colors blend or resonate; how they transform faces and clothing. Some explore, following their maps through the maze immersing themselves in radiant color. No two visits to a structure are alike as the atmosphere inside alters according to changing weather and changing light outside. It is a paradox that such a stimulating environment can simultaneously be so calming. Many people try to put their experience into words — comparing the experience to being in a futuristic space station or the human body.