A luminarium is a sculpture people enter for an encounter with the phenomenon of light.
Since 1992 more than 3 million visitors in over 40 countries across 5 continents have been welcomed into Architects of Air’s monumental luminaria, immersed in radiant colour that comes simply from daylight shining through the luminarium’s fabric.
From the Guggenheim in Spain to the Sydney Opera House in Australia, The luminaria designed by company founder Alan Parkinson are inspired by natural forms, geometric solids, Islamic and Gothic architecture. Each new creation is a maze of winding paths and inspiring domes where the visitors may lose themselves in sensory bliss.
Katena takes its name from the catenary curve - the shape of a chain suspended between 2 points. Gaudi used suspended chains when he designed the Sagrada Familia. The catenary has a visual sympathy with pneumatic forms and in Katena.
The installation awakens all the senses, creating a sense of wonder and enchantment for all ages. Visitors are transported and immersed into an amazing world of light and subtle and saturated hues, for a unique sensory experience, and brings visual art in places where you wouldn’t expect it. It is a paradox that such a stimulating environment can simultaneously be so calming and comforting. Many people find the luminarum a place for rest or meditation.
"As we stood there, we listened to the music. It was so soothing and beautiful. It was as if time stood still. You wanted to just stand their and look. Your eyes wandered up… around…down… in circles…. People just sat down or layed down to enjoy the experience.”
Margaret Bergen, Visitor at Des Moines Performing Arts, Iowa.
“For me, the experience has a very dreamlike quality to it, where you feel almost hypnotized by the vibrant color and light. It is extremely peaceful and serene, like a sanctuary. “
Robb Woulfe, Ann Arbor Summer Festival Executive Director, Michigan.