The UK’s Architects of Air has returned to Sydney Festival with another magnificent inflatable installation. This time, it’s Dodecalis Luminarium, a labyrinth of tunnels, domes and secretive spaces at Darling Harbour’s Tumbalong Park.
When visitors walk inside they enter an alternative world filled with dazzling lights in a myriad of colours. But the surprising thing is that it’s all derived from sunshine – diffused through translucent, recyclable, custom-made PVC.
The sculpture consists of three domes, each based on the dodecahedron (a 12-sided solid) and evocative of Islamic architecture. A web of tunnels link them together.
Getting lost is easy. One minute you find yourself in a narrow tunnel, the next in a high-ceilinged room, the next in an alcove. As the spaces change, so too does the colour of the light – from electric blue to warm red to cool green – and the geometric patterns are above and around you.
Adding to the experience is the original soundtrack that plays throughout: Mountains of Venice by UK-based composer David Bickley.