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August 2004
A journey through life
The Luminarium
Inside the luminarium - pic: Kimberley Vickers
Kimberley Vickers is blown away by the Luminarium in Millennium Square Leeds.

The structure was part of Rhythms of the City 2004 festival.
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Upon hearing about the Luminarium Arcazaar as being an “ elaborate bouncy castle” inside which had a “landscape of columns, passages and soaring domes, shining with radiant colour”, I was intrigued and had to see whether it was really this mysterious or just another over exaggerated money-making ploy.

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Paying my £2.50 entry fee I was ushered into a holding room and told to remove my shoes I was then taken through a Wendy House type pull back door where myself and a few other excited people were presented with a welcome speech.

Another door was peeled back and we entered into the Luminarium, an overwhelming light filled the room, everybody went deadly silent. After the initial shock the individuals around me began to react with gasps and giggles then explored the breathtaking structure that surrounded us. As I travelled through the highly impressive Araczaar the colours changed from dull to dazzling, fascinated spectators of all ages passed me wide eyed in a zombie like trance.

As expected everyone had a different interpretation of the symbolism behind the Luminarium. Throughout my experience among the peaceful atmosphere I heard the Arcazaar been described as a 60’s psychedelic dream, a pathway between life and death and an experience from within the childhood imagination.

My personal interpretation of the Luminarium was a journey throughout life. Opening with the bright light symbolized the light which I imagine is seen by a new-born. The passages and columns symbolized a personal choice of direction in life and the fact that no matter which path we chose everyone ended up in the same place which symbolizes death.

Regardless of people's interpretations, the tranquillity of the music combined with the bright spectrum of colours provided a peaceful and exciting experience for every visitor of the Luminarium.

Kimberely Vickers

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