The butterflies in my stomach started early on. This year, like all good things in Austin, the 2014 Miracoco Luminarium had a line going around the building like we were waiting outside Studio 54. All I wanted to do was get in. I become a kid again at this art installment and I was desperate to return to that feeling.
After a record time of 1 hour and 45 minutes (some people were waiting upwards to 3 hours and with children in tow), we quickly took off our shoes and I held my breath and smiled as the familiar gush of air passed when they opened the door.
Welcome to my jumpy castle on crack. More colors, no jump. All Erica happiness.
What I didn’t realize was that this installment, that hails from Nottingham, UK, has a main room that changes. From 2011-2014, the artists design something new and spectacular to feast your eyes on. For me, our 30 minute suggested time inside was just not enough. I got lost in the 2013 Exxopolis exhibition – I can only expect the same in any future visits.
With flowing, relaxing music being pumped in, the whole experience is rather surreal. Intense reds blend and give way to cool blues. The green rooms leave you calm and collected. Faces look completely different depending on where the light hits it. I felt the colorful womb envelop me and take me in.
I can’t tell you how hard it was to get off of the floor as my mind was filled with different shapes and colors – each playfully designed to change depending on how the light hits it – all done with PVC. Not a medium I would ever think of conquering (hell, we nearly burnt down Kingsley the Jellyfish when dealing with a heat gun), but inspirational nonetheless.
Two million people have visited the Luminarium since 1992. From Australia to Romania and everything in between, the Luminarium has captured something that speaks to me – traveling art.
You can learn more at on Architects of Air. Tickets cost $10 to get in and they ask that you only spend 30 minutes inside to allow other people access.