Luminarium

You had me at “immersive inflatable sculpture.”

When I saw this article on Hypebeast, I immediately changed my weekend schedule to accommodate the Columbia Festival of Arts. I knew the photos wouldn’t serve how immersive this experience could actually be.

On June 16 at 5 pm, the Katena Luminarium by Architects of Air opened with a 45-minute queue growing longer by the minute. I waited in the humidity, but when I entered the front I met a cold breeze since the inflatable structure hosted air condition. I removed my shoes (a necessary action to enter), learned more about the sculpture before entering into a surreal environment. Neon colors filled the walls; illuminated textures added additional sensory. Kids ran around as my friends and I became lost while exploring the entire structure.

Several famed structures inspired parts of the Katena including Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia and a Hindu temple.

These pictures don’t do it justice.

The next US stop will be in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania August 4-13. For additional tour dates, click here.

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