Luminarium is art for everyone

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The much-anticipated Luminarium: Qodlumin is currently in Lincoln (until Sunday, April 14) and has pulled in the crowds.

It comes after last year’s successful exhibition of the Miracoco, which was situated on the Rotunda next to the Brayford Pool. The new Qodlumin is located next to the Isaac Newton Building grass area on the University of Lincoln Campus.

The Luminarium, also known as the aquarium of light, is a monument to the beauty of light and colour.

John Owens, Luminarium Manager, said: “These days when people talk about art, it is not always accessible to everybody, take a family with small children  and they go an art gallery to see a Picasso exhibition for instance and the parents might love, the kids will be going why are we here? Whereas here everyone can enjoy it.”

Luminariums have been enjoyed by 30 million visitors around the world, travelling to around 44 countries over the past 29 years. Founded by Alan Parkinson, who first started building small pneumatic structures about 30 years ago and created by the Architects of Air, in the Lincoln structures you will be transported to another dimension of cavernous domes, tunnels and pods, covering half the size of a football pitch and creating a sense of wonder and enchantment.

Inside you are invited to stroll, lie down or sit and adore the ambience and the space. The key features of this design is its inspiration from Islamic, Gothic and Archimedean architecture and therefore is ideal for those looking for a transcendental experience.

Hundreds of people visited the Lincoln Qodlumin, here’s what a few of them said on social media.

Zoe, on Instagram, said: “I had an amazing time at the Luminarium in Lincoln this afternoon outside the LPAC. It’s only on until Sunday if you want to go. It’s wheel chair accessible and nice sensory experience.”

Rhiannon, on Twitter, said: “Scientists are taking photos of black holes and I’m just taking pictures of pretty lights #luminarium.”

Jon Speirs, on Instagram, said: “Inside of a giant bouncy castle! (But where does the light come from?!).”

Julie Ellarby, Marketing manager Lincoln Performing Arts Centre said: “This is event brought to you by the Lincoln performing arts centre, but it is open to the general public and local community.”

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