Exxopolis is the title given to this massive inflatable sculpture which is the most recent creation from the world renowned U.K. based designers of inflatable walk-in sculptures, Architects of Air.
We were one of the many enthusiasts or people who were curious to know what’s inside this Luminarium. Luminairum is the name given by the Architects of Air to this inflatable structure that consists of a maze of tunnels and spacious domes that contain light. Because it’s summer time, some air conditioning equipment kept it up to a temperature tolerable inside this sculpture. There was a long queue and it took us about almost an hour until we were called to get in.
Right at the first gate a lady explained to us what the inflatable maze is all about and told us to enjoy the sculpture and that we have twenty minutes to do so. The first sight we came into is indeed surprisingly awesome – different colors blended or resonated into an enchanted color of light to the astonishment of the people.
As we went further inside, we arrived at a bigger dome they call “Cupola” which is the centre piece, very spacious that you can lie down, and enjoy. That was definitely a creation unique in style because people felt the sense of wonders, how they transform faces and clothing, some explored the maze immersing them in radiant color.
From the ladies story, the sculpture has a span of 53m in length and nearly nine metres in height, and occupies a space the size of half a football field and is constructed using 3,000 square meters of plastic in 9,000 different pieces joined by six kilometers of seams. Originally, it took 55 people six months to build, yet can be erected in as little as four hours and inflated in just 20 minutes. Imagine that … amazing, right?
The Luminarium is the attraction at the foreground of the Opera House in Sydney and will be there until the end of the Sydney Festival, January 27.