Architects of Air
Designed by Alan and Meko Parkinson from Architects Of Air, Dodecalis presents the latest evolution of the dodecahedral dome in its most exciting manifestation yet, with a dazzling tracery of luminous lines enlacing the three Dodecadomes. Dodecalis also features a Tree, awe-inspiring in its convolutions, and a magnificent Main Dome. Dodecalis’ outstanding feature is its 3 ‘Dodecadomes’. For more than 20 years the dodecahedron’s evolution into a stellated truncated icosidodecahedron has been a staple of luminarium dome design. The pentagon’s faces at ground level allow easy passage to the tunnels that extend from its base and the dome’s asymmetry serves to disorient the visitor in a way to make exploration more exciting. This latest version of the Dodecadome uses advanced design techniques to calculate a fluid breakdown of the form into flowing neon-like contour lines of graphic intensity. Above eye-level one can see more clearly the dome’s pentagonal foundation and can sense what it is like to be inside a Platonic solid. Dodecalis’ Tree and Main Dome both carry through the motif of neon-like tracery to maximize intrigue and wonder
Founder, designer and artistic director Alan Parkinson first started experimenting with pneumatic sculptures in the I980s and has since developed his own language of form in this plastic medium. Alan Parkinson’s intention is to stimulate visitors to a sense of wonder to the beauty of light and colour, and create an environment where the visitor’s experience is influenced by their own relation to space. From the Guggenheim in Spain to the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the monumental and interactive walk-in sculptures of Architects of Air and designed by Alan Parkinson, have astounded audiences across the globe. Architects of Air has toured the luminaria since 1992 and visited 43 countries. The luminarium offers a dazzling maze of winding paths and soaring domes where Islamic architecture, Archimedean solids and Gothic cathedrals meld into an inspiring monument to the beauty of light and colour, and where visitors can happily loose themselves. The installation awakens all the senses, creating a sense of wonder and enchantment for all ages. Visitors are transported and immersed into an amazing world of light and subtle and saturated hues, for a unique sensory experience, and brings visual art in places where you wouldn’t expect it.