The Mirazozo luminarium, a giant art installation featuring caverns for members of the public to explore will be a colorful focal point on the Ennis landscape during Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann from Saturday 13th August to Sunday 21st August.
Mirazozo Luminarium – Architects of Air
From the Guggenheim in Spain to the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the monumental and interactive walk-in sculptures of Architects of Air and designed by Alan Parkinson, have astounded audiences across the globe. In 2012 Architects of Air is celebrating 20 years of touring in 38 countries.
Built in 2010, Mirazozo makes extensive use of an ‘illuminated seam’ feature where luminous seam lines create a scintillating lattice of light. The pattern of these neon-like strips induce the viewer’s gaze to shift between different perceptions of the same view – an effect one encounters in the contemplative geometric surface design of Islamic art and architecture.+5
MiRAZOZO offers a dazzling maze of winding paths and soaring domes where Islamic architecture, Archimedean solids and Gothic cathedrals meld into an inspiring monument to the beauty of light and colour, and where visitors can happily loose themselves.
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.+7
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.
Children Under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult
ALAN PARKINSON & ARCHITECTS OF AIR
Founder, designer and artistic director Alan Parkinson first started experimenting with pneumatic sculptures in the I980s and has since developed his own language of form in this plastic medium. In 1992 he established the company ‘Architects of Air’ to build and tour his luminarium designs.
Alan describes his intention as an ‘Architect of Air’ in the following terms:
“What motivates me to design is the fact that I continue to be struck by the beauty of light and colour found in the luminaria. These structures nurture an awareness of a pure phenomenon that gently cuts through everyday conditioned perceptions and awakens a sense of wonder in people”
The pneumatic form has a simple purity that echoes that of the light it contains. It has been Alan’s work to explore what is possible within the laws of pneumatics to develop an architectural aesthetic capable of doing justice to the beauty of the light in the luminarium.
Since 1992 Architects of Air, a Nottingham based company has made over 500 exhibitions in 38 countries..