Immersive walk-through sculpture opens in Norfolk

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- An immersive work of art, known as a luminarium, opened in Town Point Park this month. 

Arboria is a walk-through art experience that is half a football field long. The sculpture, which was created by UK-based Architects of Air, will be open to the public between May 11 and May 14. 

Those who walk through the sculpture will find themselves in a labyrinth, enjoying a phenomenon of light, shapes, and colors. The main focal point of the artwork is its multi-colored dome, which stands 33 feet high. It was inspired by a 13th Century English cathedral. 

"We're bringing something completely unique to Norfolk to celebrate an amazing year for downtown," said Stephen E. Kirkland, Nauticus Executive Director. "With its cavernous domes, tunnels and pods, Arboria will be a terrific complement to the waterfront." 

Architects of Air founder and designer Alan Parkinson has been creating walk-through sculptures for decades. Since 1992, more than 3 million visitors in more than 40 countries have experienced his artwork. 

"What motivates me to design is the fact that I continue to be struck by the beauty of light and colour found in the luminaria," said Parkinson. "These structures nurture an awareness of a pure phenomenon that gently cuts through everyday conditioned perceptions and awakens a sense of wonder in people." 

Arboria will be open to the public between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily. It is wheelchair accessible. 

Admission is $5 per person Children ages 2 and younger will be admitted for free.

Children who are younger than 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult. 

For more information call Nauticus at (757) 664-1000 or visit its website.


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