image: The Long Center
It’s never not fascinating to step across the threshold into one of the creations dreamed by by Architects of Air, and this month, it’s possible again when the luminarium known as Miracoco comes through town. Due to the hypersensory experience’s popularity, advance tickets are only available to Long Center members; walk-up tickets are available to the public on site. Show up, step inside and watch time and space come to a serene and blissful halt as children romp through the chambers and adults meditate, stare up in wonder and snap many an Instagram photo — this visual feast is certainly something to capture.
Miracoco by Architects of Air
Jan 24-Feb 2: luminarium opens at 11 am weekdays, 10 am weekends
Long Center Lawn, 701 West Riverside Drive
Ticket prices: from $10 same day
Around this time last year, a stunning spectacle presented itself on the lawn of the Long Center, temporarily changing the scape of the downtown skyline and making it look like something straight out of the future. Architects of Air brought a luminarium called “Mirazozo” that caught the imaginations of everyone who entered the airlocked interactive artscape filled with calming lights and echo chambers, and lines stretched around the block once word got out of its awesomeness. This year, a different structure from the series — this one’s called Exxopolis— takes up residence on the south shore of Town Lake, giving visitors a similarly transcendent experience. Get your tickets and hop in line early; the wait may be a little long, but the coolness of your time spent inside will be totally worth it.
January 19-27, 2012 from 11 am until sunset each day
The Long Center lawn, 701 West Riverside Drive
Tickets $10 at the door (not available online); get the full scoop here
Photo by Peter Tsai
More photos of luminarium here.
In 1992, the Architects of Air interactive light exhibit debuted outside the Sydney Opera House in Australia, and it’s been mesmerizing audiences around the globe ever since. This month, the acclaimed luminarium experience visits Austin, bringing with it a halting sense of ethereal majesty. Visitors remove their shoes and step into a large-scale, hand-made PVC structure vividly illustrating light and form in a visually stunning display throughout the elaborate journey from one end of the space to the other. Tickets are available for $8 per person on the day of visit; The Long Center proudly hosts the exhibit through January 20th.
Exhibit runs January 14-20; see the Long Center website for details.