Architects of Air Return to Raleigh by Popular Demand
Architects of Air Return to Raleigh by Popular Demand “Amococo” luminarium to be presented on City Plaza in conjunction with Artsplosure
England’s acclaimed Architects of Air will return to Raleigh, presenting Amococo as part of Artsplosure 2011 later this week. After the hugely popular world premier of the company’s Mirazozo luminarium at Artsplosure 2010, festival organizers have responded to the common question, “Are you bringing them back next year?” with an emphatic “Yes!”
Festival goers who enjoyed the luminarium last year will be happy to know that Amococo will be air-conditioned, which will ensure that this year’s experience will be much more pleasurable for the heat sensitive.
Amococo is the largest original structure in Architects of Air’s collection of luminaria—a massive inflatable sculpture constructed of translucent vinyl and made up of labyrinthine tunnels and inspiring spacious domes. With a footprint of nearly 11,000 square feet, the luminarium will all but fill downtown Raleigh’s City Plaza, where it will be erected on Wednesday.
Amococo will be open to the public Thursday and Friday, May 19 and 20 from 1:00pm until 7:00pm and Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22 from 11:00am to 7:00pm. Admission cost is $5 per person, and tickets will be available at the luminarium entrance. Amococo is fully accessible to individuals of all mobility levels.
According to Architects of Air, “Amococo is the most labyrinthine luminarium, featuring as it does 86 triaxial domes and 71 pods that together create a complex of pathways where the visitors may happily lose themselves. Built in 2008, Amococo’s common visual motif is the ‘oculus’ – an ovoid window that allows light to gently diffuse into the domes. This is most strikingly effective in the cupola of the central dome where the ceiling resonates with iridescent rainbow hues.”
The exhibition of Amococo will be Architects of Air’s third engagement in Raleigh. The first presentation by the company was Levity III in August 2008, followed by the May 2010 debut of Mirazozo.
As one of the Southeast’s premier arts festivals, Artsplosure attracts 80,000 or more people to downtown Raleigh. This year’s event, held May 21 and 22, will feature the art market showcasing the talent of over 170 juried visual artists and crafters from across the country. In addition, Artsplosure will include more than a dozen performances on two outdoor stages. This year’s lineup includes performances by Average White Band on Saturday night and Spyro Gyra on Sunday afternoon, as well as performances by Christian Scott, Anders Osborne, Devon Allman’s Honeytribe, Chaise Lounge, Trampled Under Foot, Hammer No More the Fingers and many more.
Kidsplosure provides activities and entertainment for children, while the Student Art Exhibition features a juried selection of artwork by students from Wake County High Schools and Middle Schools. Artist Pam Golden will complete the “Artsplosure Community Nest” in Moore Square, one of many interactive art activities.
Except for the $5 admission fee to Amococo, Artsplosure is free to the public and is held rain or shine. For more information on this year’s festival, visit www.artsplosure.org. For additional information about Amococo and Architects of Air, visit www.architects-of-air.com
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