The Architects of Air came through Austin with the newest rendition of the Luminarium, Exxopolis. Apparently this happens annually, as a gal in line informed me. A gal in the two-hour line, I might add. But it was worth it to spend our allotted 20 minutes cruising around inside of an inflatable wonderland.
We tried to go the first weekend – twice – but the first time flopped because we waited until after Eebs woke up from nap and the Luminarium volunteers deemed it “at capacity” since the length of the line indicated that by the time you got inside, it would be closed. It closed at 5 everyday because the wonder of the experience is reliant on sunlight. Behold.
We tried to go a second time but thought the line would be too long to keep a toddler happy, so we pushed our visit to a third and final try this past weekend. We got there before it opened at 10 am and, cheese and rice, the line was still out of control, even on an overcast day. I worried that we would wait in the almost-rain and it wouldn’t be as cool inside, but somehow, it was still glorious.
I read somewhere that it feels like being in a womb. Yes. I felt that. The ambient music made you want to nestle in a stare at the unique spaces and colors, hues created from only 4 different colored plastic. EB was amazed, and it was hard to keep her from trying to rock the inflatable walls like a bouncy castle/moonwalk. Everyone in there spoke in hushed voices, and had a look of awe on their face.
Everyone, except for this amazon gal with too much makeup and her boyfriend taking pictures of her in every room/pod. They were a spectacle trying to be a spectacle. ”Are you looking at me posing big and pseudo-modelly?”–Amazon. ”Yes, but not because I want to.”–Me. It was like eavesdropping because someone wants to be overheard and there’s nothing you can do to focus on what you’re doing so you end up hating yourself for giving them the attention they so dearly want. This happened to us on a plane to Germany once with the Band, Panic at the Disco, sitting right behind us. But I digress.
Magic, beauty, wonder; it’s amazing what a well-designed space will invoke in an audience, be they young or old, or in between. Go check it out to see when it’ll be hitting up your city. Go early, be patient, and let your kids run around while one person in your party holds the place in line. It will only be in each city for a short time, so don’t miss your chance. The twenty minutes inside will be so worth that $10 entrance fee, if just for the photos. Oh, and make sure you charge your camera and empty off your phone so you don’t just end up with a handful of pics like us. (Yes, this is a “handful” to me.)
Ed. note – I know I promised a tutorial on how to make an organizer wallet on my FB post last night, but I want to make another one, so the measurements might change. Soon, my pretties.