The Luminarium Experience

A visitor’s first reaction is often one of delight at the unexpected beauty of the light. The extraordinary luminosity of light inside the luminarium makes a direct impact on the senses that has to be seen to be believed.  

Visitors remove their shoes before entering an airlock and once inside the body of the luminarium they can wander freely through labyrinthine tunnels and cavernous domes, or just lay back and enjoy the ambience of the structure.

Visitors describe their experience:

“One of the most remarkable experiences of my life. I was blissfully a child”.  Russell Rand, Detroit

“Somewhere between a womb and a cathedral”.  Jatin Kronz, Prague

My family found it a most magical experience. Personally I felt a calmness and sense of envelopment like nothing I've ever imagined”.  Ingrid Freeman, Birmingham


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Why Present a Luminarium

As well as providing an awe-inspiring arts experience, a luminarium gives these benefits:

INCLUSIVITY - a luminarium is for everyone, appreciated by all ages, all cultures, all abilities including the elderly and wheelchair users. 

A BIG DRAW - this monumental cathedral of air is a spectacular attraction to passers-by.  The luminaria may be a highly visible centerpiece to a festival or an attraction in their own right. 

MEDIA VISIBILITY - exhibitions attract TV coverage, often live broadcasts.  Front-page photos in the press are common - one Press Association photo was seen by 100’s of millions of people around the world.

VERSATILITY  - luminaria are modular and adaptable to different sites.  Usually successful in their own right they permit other uses such as performance and night-time illumination.

SPONSOR APPEAL - a luminarium provides a great platform for raising a sponsor’s visibility, offering a wide range of possibilities for publicity and hospitality.

HIGH ATTENDANCE - a capacity of 80 visitors at any one time can mean up to 200 visitors per hour.


“It was one of the greatest examples of the arts reaching the everyday citizen I have ever seen”.

Emily L. Spruill, Director of Cultural Affairs, Virginia Beach

“Once again you and your staff immersed us in truly rich and magical moments within the luminarium.  Our audiences were enthralled”.

Heather T. Spicuzza, Director of Programming, Ordway CPA, St Paul.