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 “wondrous 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.
Inflatable art has a playful feel about it. It can remind us of birthday party balloon animals and bounce houses. Many artists from around the world have recently worked to create amazing inflatable sculptures that are unlike anything you have ever seen. Let’s take a look at some of the most amazing inflatable art ever created.
Art Attacks by Filthy Luke, Manchester, United Kingdom
As a part of his “Art Attacks” series, Filthy Luke created giant inflatable tentacles that seemed to be coming out of the windows of a building in Manchester. His playful art turned the city into a scene from a cheesy horror film.
Rubber Duck by Florentijn Hofman, Hong Kong
Just recently, a giant inflatable rubber ducky was seen floating in Victoria Harbor. The giant inflatable dwarfed the boats in the harbor and after it was deflated it was brought back by popular demand.
Sacrilege by Jeremy Deller, Hong Kong
The 20 foot inflatable version of Stonehenge made its debut at the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art last year in Hong Kong. Visitors were able to bounce on the inflatable surface and touch the inflatable stone blocks that make up the historic landmark.
Balloon Dog by Paul McCarthy, New York
Paul McCarthy’s giant inflatable balloon dog stole the show at the Frieze Art Fair in New York. It stood 80 feet tall and was modeled after Jeff Koon’s steel balloon animals.
Katie Balloons, Washington D.C.
Katie Balloons creates balloon art, does balloon shows, and even makes inflatable clothing. The D.C. native has created some of the most amazing art, entirely out of balloons. In this piece she brings the occupation of a firefighter to life with colorful latex.