2024 Festival Dates: 6 & 7 July

Architects of Air

In August 2021, the National Festival of Making brought the Dodecalis Luminarium, created by Architects of Air, to Blackburn’s Corporation Park!

Explore a world of light, colour and sound

Over 4 days, thousands of people entered the Luminarium and enjoyed a magical journey through the winding paths and vast domes of the monumental, inflatable sculpture.

Handcrafted by a team of five Inflatable Makers, the Luminarium left visitors with a sense of wonder at the beauty of light and colour.

There was no artificial light inside or outside the Luminarium – the cleverly designed structure’s walls varied in thickness and colour allowing natural light to filter through, creating a sensory experience like no other.

About Architects of Air

Architects of Air was founded by Inflatable Maker Alan Parkinson in 1992.

Since then, more than 3 million visitors in over 40 countries across 5 continents have been welcomed into Architects of Air’s monumental luminaria, immersed in radiant colour that comes simply from daylight shining through the luminarium’s fabric.

The Luminaria, inspired by Islamic Architecture and Gothic Cathedrals, are handmade by a team of 5 in Nottingham.

As part of Architects of Air, we teamed up with artist Emma Colbert from You Good Studio and Source Creative to create a free activity booklet full of MAKING. From painting to origami, each activity is inspired by the Dodecalis Luminarium.

Download your own free making booklet and become a mini architect at home!

Photography by Robin Zahler

If you visited the Luminarium in Corporation Park, share your photos with us on social media by using #festivalofmaking #architectsofair

The Luminarium was part of our year-round creative programme, which you can keep up to date with on our social media.

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The National Festival Of Making Delivery Team

National Festival of Making is supported by the Arts Council England, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Brian Mercer Trust and Foundations and Partners. This project is part-funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

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