Immersive labyrinth of light, air and sound to pop up at Fremantle Arts Centre

Visitors to the Fremantle Arts Centre will be completely absorbed in a multi-sensory, maze-like light, air and sound experience, which will pop-up on the south lawn between 23 September – 8 October. Visiting Perth for the first time is the ‘Aborialis’ luminarium, the latest immersive experience from the UK creative powerhouse Architects of Air, which return to Australia after a 3-year hiatus.

Spanning multiple interconnected domes, the giant inflatable architectural structure stretches 45 metres long by 35 metres wide, totalling 1,000sq metres of glowing maze-like spaces. Upon entering, audiences are immersed in radiant and mesmerizing colour which is created from daylight shining through the luminarium’s fabric. The organic yet geometric form of the luminarium provides a labyrinth of twists and turns spanning tunnels and cavernous domes to wander and explore, with each new room creating different colours and mixes of lights, shapes, and patterns.

Inspired by the natural world, Arborialis is dedicated to trees and is designed to echo aspects of being lost in a forest – there are radiant canopies of leaves that stretch overhead, there are vibrant tree trunks rising from the ground beneath. The visual world of Arborialis is enhanced by the natural and spiritual sounds of the Song of Danu created by Irish composer Dr Michael Morris.

Olwyn Williams, Fremantle Arts Centre Acting Director, said that the Architects of Air installation promises to delight kids, adults and everyone in between.
“Audiences all over the world have marvelled at Architects of Air’s magical, multi-sensory luminariums for the past three decades, harnessing the simple power and beauty of light and form. The Fremantle Arts Centre is delighted to host the latest in this series of luminous immersive inflatable structures.” Architects of Air have been a global phenomenon since 1992 with more than three million visitors in over forty countries welcomed into the monumental, ephemeral luminaria.

Alan Parkinson, founder of Architects of Air, commented on the experience of the Arborialis luminarium.
“A Luminarium is designed to envelop the wandering visitors in radiant and subtle colour, bringing them to a transformative encounter with the phenomenon of light. I’m delighted to be presenting Arborialis on the South Lawn, the physical setting is a perfect frame for a structure themed around trees and the culture of accessibility of Fremantle Arts Centre makes it an ideal host.”

Architects of Air Aborialis luminarium will be open at the Fremantle Arts Centre daily from 9.00am until last admission at 5.45pm between Saturday, 23 September to Sunday 8 October. Audiences are encouraged to book online


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