‘Architects of Air’ Creates Inflatable Labyrinth of Light and Color

Alan Parkinson, who established Architects of Air in 1992, first started experimenting with aerial sculptures in the 1980s. His company’s goal is to create lively sculptures which people can walk in and be a part of the art.

“I design luminaria because I want to share my sense of wonder at the phenomenon of light. A luminarium provides the frame for an encounter with a light whose surprising and simple intensity cuts through conditioned perception,” Parkinson shared on his website.

His designs are inspired by natural forms, geometric solids, Islamic and Gothic architecture. Each art installation is a maze of domes where visitors can feel a “sense of wonder” with the inflatable architecture.

“Visitors try to put their experience into words – comparing the experience to like walking through a stained glass window, a futuristic space station, or like being inside a gigantic strange breathing organic but comforting creature,” according to architects-of-air.com.

Their latest piece, the Daedalum maze, consists of 19 interconnected egg-shaped domes made from a clear material that allows light to get in. Named after Daedalus, the architect of the Labyrinth of Minos in Greek mythology, the gigantic maze was created to let visitors experience the “phenomenon of light.”

The Daedalum maze is located in Australia. You can check where the installation is going to next here.

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Air view of Daedalum at the Royal Albert Docks 🙂

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