UPDATED WITH VIDEO: From Sydney Opera House to Bournemouth - inflatable Luminarium opens at former Imax site (From Bournemouth Echo)
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UPDATED WITH VIDEO: From Sydney Opera House to Bournemouth - inflatable Luminarium opens at former Imax site
A WEEK after Bournemouth’s air festival delivered high-octane thrills, the perfect antidote has arrived to help those in need of some chill-out time.
Described by bemused visitors as a womb, a floaty dream or an underwater maze, the Amococo Luminarium will be at Bournemouth’s Waterfront, the former Imax site, from today until Sunday.
It’s a piece of art like no other – 10 metres high and half the size of a football pitch, with five soaring domes and 71 pods. Visitors walk in and instantly lose themselves in a wonderland of light and colour.
The inflatable walk-in sculpture was originally designed by Alan Parkinson and has been to more than 40 countries over the past 21 years.
It has wowed crowds at the Guggenheim in Spain and at the Sydney Opera House but this is only its second UK appearance this year and its first time in Bournemouth.
Kim Lucas, exhibition manager for Architects of Air, said: “This is a brilliant space for us and we are really proud to be here. We’ve had so much interest here, it’s been fantastic.
“People frequently describe the experience as a cross between being in a cathedral and a womb, but we don’t want to prescribe what it is, we want people to use their imaginations. For me, it’s like being under the sea.”
Cllr Lawrence Williams, Bournemouth’s cabinet member for tourism, was one of the first to explore. He said: “I think it’s one of the most interesting wet weather attractions that we’ve had.”
Amococo is suitable for everyone from babies to pensioners and has full wheelchair access. It is free for under- 16s and just £2 for over 16s. It is open from 1pm to 7pm today and tomorrow and from 12pm to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday
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