Sydney Opera House Home to Inflatable Maze

inflatable mazeFrom January 3 to 27, the Sydney Opera House’s forecourt was taken over by a giant inflatable maze called EXXOPOLIS. The structure, called a luminarium, contained light in the same way that an aquarium contains water. It was a creation by Architects of Air, a UK-based group that designs inflatable walk-in sculptures.

The structure combined winding paths and domes, with elements inspired by sources as diverse as Islamic architecture, Archimedean solids, and Gothic cathedrals. EXXOPOLIS included a main dome with a centerpiece called the “Cupola” that was designed based on the late 13th-century polygonal Chapter House of Southwell Minster in Nottinghamshire, England.

The luminarium was designed to use light in an unusual way to create a unique sensory experience for visitors. The daylight radiated through the PVC material of the structure to create a luminous effect. The colors blended and transformed the appearance of people as they followed their maps through the maze. EXXOPOLIS was intended to combine light and color in a way that stimulated the senses and created a sense of wonder.

The inflatable maze measured 53 meters (159 feet) long and about nine meters (27 feet) high. It used 3,000 square meters (27,000 square feet) of plastic in 9,000 pieces. It took 55 people six months to build it initially, but it could be erected in four hours and inflated in only 20 minutes.

Architects of Air created EXXOPOLIS in 2012 to celebrate their 20th anniversary. It is an homage to the company’s first luminarium, EGGOPOLIS.

Exxopolis: The Enormous Inflatable Walk-In Structure


This weekend in downtown Los Angeles, people can visit a giant inflatable structure you have to see to believe. Located in Grand Park, Exxopolis is an enormous inflatable structure that people can walk through. Made up of massive geometric sections, Exxopolis is art and an experience.

Exxopolis isn’t just some giant inflatable bounce house. It is an experience for the senses, with vibrant colors and music surrounding you as you walk through the structure. The designers describe the attraction as a “woninside exxopolisdrous luminarium”. It is a 175 foot long, 95 foot wide maze-like structure with light, colors, and music. It was designed so that people of all ages could enjoy the Exxopolis experience.

Exxopolis was created by Architects of Air, an England based company. The main artist, Alan Parkinson, has been designing these structures he calls luminaria since 1992. The group has traveled to 38 countries to set up their exhibitions that are made of translucent colored plastic. The shapes used for the structures are modeled after Islamic architecture and Gothic cathedrals. Exxopolis is the 20th luminarium that has been created by the Architects of Air. It took six months and 55 people to build it. There are around 9,000 pieces that are joined together by zippers and it takes a full day to set up.

If you want to see Exxopolis for yourself, you can visit the display this weekend from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and then again between September 13-15th.

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