Katena Luminarium by Architects of Air
Wind your way through a luminous inflatable world at the Katena "luminarium" by Nottingham-based company Architects of Air (AoA).
The company produces large-scale inflatables that incorporate walk-through geometric shapes and multicoloured lighting. The installation at Bunjil Place, Katena, takes its name from the the catenary curve – a geometric description for the shape of a chain suspended between two points. It's the same shape Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí used when designing the still-in-construction La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona to give the basilica its organic curves.
After passing through Katena's first airlock you'll be able to explore three dodecahedral domes in a structure that is made up of more than 100 catenary curves. The main dome is said to resemble a pineapple and features more than 200 colour highlights that spiral upward to a green finial.
Founder, designer and artistic director of AoA Alan Parkinson began designing his inflatable luminariums in 1992 and has now created 21 structures that have visited more than 40 countries and been exhibited in world-class institutions such as the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and the Sydney Opera House – which hosted the Exxopolis luminarium in 2014.
Mon to Fri, 10am–4pm (last admission)
Sat & Sun, 10am–5pm (last admission)