The luminaria are vast, colorful walk-through labyrinths of intense color and pure light, all contained by the most gossamer of vinyl walls. They are based on the technology of bouncy houses, but instead of creating a bouncy kid frenzy, they become fantasy mazes that are beautiful and meditative. They are so inspired by Arabic architecture, so there are some tessellations and almost opt-art effects along with the almost psychedelic colored mazes.
Words totally don't do these exhibits justice, and even pictures can't really present the wonder-filled experience. But here are some of my favorite pictures from the current Raleigh exhibit, which is called Amococo:
|Is it science fiction?|
|Or following a white rabbit?|
|Maybe there will be a hobbit in the next section...|
In Raleigh, the exhibit will run this today and tomorrow from 11-7 in conjunction with Artsplosure. It costs $5 per person, but I think it is well worth the money...we spent an hour and a half there. If you don't live by Raleigh, well, then I hope there will be one visiting a location by you soon.