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Explore this sculpture from the inside
Architects of Air: Exxopolis Luminarium

Here is a sculpture you can explore from the inside. The inflatable structure is the size of half a football field and the height of a 3-storey house. It took 55 people 6 months to build and includes 6 kilometres of seams.

Inside is a labyrinth of tunnels and domes. It is lit by direct sunlight but this becomes a myriad of colours as it filters through the coloured materials from which this unusual sculpture is made.

Architects of Air: Exxopolis Luminarium

This is a contemplative place because of all the individual nooks and crannies but other spaces are for grandstanding and you feel like you are in a grand cathedral staring up at stained glass windows.

This area is called the 'Cupola' and features perpendicular style windows made from small pieces of coloured plastic by different community groups. The design is based on Penrose tiling discovered by mathematician and physicist Roger Penrose and has an organisation similar to that found in Islamic tile patterns.

It is also an experience of sound as well with original music by David Bickley.

Cool air is continuously piped through to keep the structure inflated and comfortable. It can accommodate 80 people at a time.

Exxopolis Luminarium is travelling the world.

It is on the roof of the Jam Factory from August 14 to the 24th of August @ 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm as part of the Glow Winter Arts Festival.

It will then be in Brisbane, for the Brisbane Festival from the 6th of September until the 20th of Sept at South Bank's Cultural Forecourt.

Brisbane - Opening times:

Sat 6-Sun 7 Sept, 10am
Mon 8—Fri 12 Sept, 11am
Sat 13—Sun 14 Sept, 10am
Mon 15—Fri 19 Sept, 11am
Sat 20—Fri 26 Sept, 10am

Closing time:Last admission is 5pm every day

Your entrance is timed to 20 minutes during busy periods.

You need to arrive at the Exxopolis Luminarium box office 10 minutes prior to the scheduled admission time. Those who have already bought tickets will go into the priority entry line.

Limited tickets will be available at the door.

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Why? To experience the magic
When: From the 14th to the 24th of August and the 5th to the 20th of September in Brisbane
Where: Please see article
Cost: $15 to $16 dollars
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