Exhibitions leaves visitors tripping the light fantastic

Amococo Luminarium to be installed on the forecourt of Sheffield Cathedral, July 23-28, 2011
Amococo Luminarium to be installed on the forecourt of Sheffield Cathedral, July 23-28, 2011

AN inflatable structure is being pitched outside Sheffield Cathedral inviting visitors to step into an amazing world of light and colour.

The internationally-renowned Architects of Air are bringing to Sheffield their Luminarium Amococo, a walk-in art installation which transforms natural light into a kaleidoscope of liquid light and colour spilling across labyrinthine pathways, cavernous domes and curved walls.

The initial reaction is one of wonder and delight at the unexpected beauty created, often described as walking through a stained glass window. No two visits to a structure are alike as the atmosphere inside alters according to changing weather and changing light outside.

Sheffield Cathedral, supported by sponsors Real Radio, Sheffield City Council and Holiday Inn Express, is hosting the visit by Architects of Air from Saturday to next Thursday.

Said Dean of Sheffield Peter Bradley: “Architects of Air’s luminously beautiful structures have haunted me since I first experienced them and I am proud that their first visit to Sheffield will be on the Cathedral forecourt. Visiting the Luminarium will change the way you experience light, colour and form forever.”

Equally impressive is the sheer scale of the structure. It took 5,000 hours of work to build, used 7,000 square metres of plastic in 6,000 individual pieces, and 40km of seams were glued to put it all together. Using just the power to run two ordinary electric kettles it takes only 20 minutes to inflate to a monumental 2,000 cubic meters.

Architects of Air appeals to both children and adults alike and is wheel chair accessible. It is open from 10am to 7.30pm each day (except Sunday) and there are sessions exclusively for adults to enjoy the splendour of the Luminarium without the hustle and bustle of children.

Tickets are £3.50 with reductions for families and group parties.