UNT's Fine Art Series has brought Luminarium: Architects of Air to Denton for this week. The world-renowned, traveling art exhibit features groups of inflatable structures open for exploration and viewing. Even better, the event is free for the general public. From the outside, the exhibit looks like a group of gigantic, real-life Mario Kart weapons, but once you enter the sculpture, you are greeted with a maze of cave-like colorful rooms to walk through and explore. Read on to find out why you need to check this out before the exhibit leaves town at the end of the week.
We checked out the amazing technicolor domes earlier this week and loved it. This art exhibit has something for everyone; the casual art observer, parents with adventurous kids (keep your kids with you when inside the exhibit BTW), those looking for the perfect selfie, and even people that just want to chill out in the corner of a futuristic looking dome (you know who you are). There was a line to enter the exhibit on Tuesday afternoon, but it moved quickly and we were inside after waiting for a short ten minutes. Before entering, come prepared to take off your shoes. Volunteers ask that you spend 10 - 15 minutes exploring inside before exiting and allowing others a chance to experience the exhibit. It is a unique experience not unlike the Ann Veronica Janssens colored fog exhibit at Dallas' Nasher Museum last spring.
Architects of Air build what they call "luminaria," monument-like colorful sculptures composed of colored vinyl, some awesome geometry skills, air and nothing more. They are design to be walked through and experienced. The group has been building and traveling the large art pieces since 1990 and have had their work featured in 25 different countries (including locations such as the Guggenheim). The design of the Luminarium was inspired by Islamic architecture and Gothic cathedrals and it shows.
The luminarium is open to the public from until April 21st. The sculpture is open daily from 1pm - 7pm and is free. Luminarium on the University Union’s South Lawn, 1155 Union Circle. The event is free and family friendly.
Many thanks to the UNT Fine Art Series for once again bringing some awesome culture to Denton. This is their last event of this school year and boy did they go out with a bang! We can't wait to see what they have in plan for next year! Follow along with their Facebook page to keep up with next year's events.