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Exxopolis
ARCHITECTS OF AIR

www.architects-of-air.com

Insite Arts con­tinue to tour the Architects of Air’s luminaria. Previous installations have included Exxopolis, Mirazozo, Amococo and Levity III.

Exxopolis will be touring New Zealand from August – October 2015. See below for more details.

PRESENTATION HISTORY

2015

Tauranga Arts Festival, New Zealand
Auckland Live, New Zealand
Christchurch Arts Festival
, New Zealand
Taranaki Festival
, New Zealand
Womadelaide
, Adelaide
Summersault Festival, Melbourne
MONA FOMA, Hobart

2014

Brisbane Festival, Brisbane
Glow Festival, Prahran
Sydney Opera House, Sydney

LONG DESCRIPTION

In 1992, EGGOPOLIS luminarium was built in Nottingham, UK, with help from volunteers and the Community Service workers from the Probation Service. EGGOPOLIS toured the UK together with learning disabled performers from Springwood Day Centre and became a feature of Nottingham playschemes before becoming the first structure toured by Architects of Air. It laid the foundation for a success that has seen the Architects of Air luminaria visited by over 2 million people in 40 countries around the world.

In 2012, in celebration of its 20th anniversary, Architects of Air created its 20th luminarium entitled ‘EXXOPOLIS’. The name EXXOPOLIS acknowledges EGGOPOLIS, Architects of Air’s first luminarium, the ‘GG’ having been replaced by ‘XX’ to refer to the 20th luminarium design and the 20th anniversary of the company.

For this luminarium, Alan Parkinson aimed to return to his roots and to involve local community groups in the build of EXXOPOLIS. The main dome has brought together different elements of design and sectors of community to create a celebratory centerpiece named the ‘Cupola’. Inspired by the circular space of the Chapter House of Southwell Minster, the ‘Cupola’ features perpendicular style windows that have each been made by different community groups and that are made up of small pieces of coloured plastic designed to create a ‘stained-glass’ effect. The design of these windows is based on Penrose tiling discovered by mathematician and physicist Roger Penrose. This particular tiling has an organisation similar to that found in Islamic tile patterns.

MEDIA

“An immersive art experience in which light, sound and architectural form combine.” Sunday Times

CONTACT

Director – Lee Cumberlidge

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