Mesa Arts Center, in partnership with Mesa’s Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities, presents Albesila, a monumental inflatable sculpture and immersive art installation by Architects of Air in Mesa’s Pioneer Park on Feb. 9 – 17.
Albesila, the newest luminarium designed by Alan Parkinson and one of seven currently touring the world, will be available for 30-minute visits noon – 9 p.m. each day. This is the third Architects of Air luminarium to visit Mesa, after Amococo in 2011 and Mirazozoin 2012.
“The visitor’s experience of this giant inflatable sculpture is like walking inside a work of stained glass – breathtakingly beautiful, serene and contemplative,” says Cindy Ornstein, Mesa Arts Center executive director and City of Mesa director of arts and culture. “Given the delight experienced by visitors during the earlier Architects of Air installations, we are excited to introduce new audiences of all ages to the spectacular and magical creations of Alan Parkinson.”
From the Guggenheim in Spain to the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the monumental and interactive walk-in sculptures of Architects of Airhave have received audiences across the globe. Architects of Air has toured the luminaria since 1992 and visited 43 countries.
Albesila, like the other luminaria, is a mix of engineering and design, appropriate for all ages and all methods of personal mobility.
With a footprint half the size of a football field, the light- and color-filled dome-like spaces invite visitors to wander, explore or sit or lie down and enjoy the ambiance of the space.
Feb. 9 – 17, noon – 9 p.m.
Pioneer Park, 526 E. Main St., Mesa
For more information, visit mesaartscenter.com/air.