Colour Labyrinth 32m X 26m X 9.5m
Design - Construction - Touring
Alan Parkinson - Architect of Air
postmarked from Portugal in 2010 with a Portugal 0,80 stamp
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Architect of Air:
Visitors remove their shoes before passing into the airlock. Once inside they can wander freely or just lie back and enjoy the ambience of the structure.
The initial reaction is often one of delight at the unexpected beauty of the light.
The radiance of the daylight transmitted by the coloured pvc of the luminarium is surprising in its luminosity and makes a direct impact on the senses.
Through labyrinthine tunnels and cavernous domes, visitors move in a medium of saturated and subtle hues. Vivid reflections of liquid colour spill across the curved walls creating a world apart from the normal and everyday.
No two visits to a structure are alike as the atmosphere inside alters according to changing weather and changing light outside. The experience is also affected by how the public inhabits the luminarium. It is a paradox that such a stimulating environment can simultaneously be so calming. Many people find the luminaria a place for rest or meditation.