THE MUSIC CENTER AND GRAND PARK INTRODUCE LOS ANGELES TO ARCHITECTS OF AIR’S “EXXOPOLIS,” A MONUMENTAL SENSORY EXPERIENCE
– Giant Inflatable Luminarium Will Dazzle Grand Park Visitors with an Oasis of Color and “Random Acts of World Culture”
LOS ANGELES (July 31, 2013) – The Music Center and Grand Park take interactive arts experiences to a new level when they bring Exxopolis, a wondrous luminarium, to Grand Park this fall. The first-ever presentation in Los Angeles of this inflatable walk-in sculpture, designed by world-renowned Architects of Air, introduces Grand Park visitors to an unprecedented, sensory experience of color, light and sound. Inspired by Islamic architecture and Gothic cathedrals, Exxopolis features a luminous maze of winding paths and soaring domes, creating an environment where the visitor’s experience is influenced by his or her own relation to space. The structure’s translucent colored PVC material filters natural light, which then reflects onto silver opaque PVC to create a space filled with remarkable colors and subtle hues.
In its Grand Park debut, Exxopolis will feature “Random Acts of Culture,” where visitors will enjoy unexpected performances, inside the luminarium, which salute Los Angeles’ many diverse communities and cultural traditions. Exxopolis will be at Grand Park on two consecutive weekends, September 7-8 (Saturday-Sunday) and September 13-15, 2013 (Friday-Sunday), and open from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
“We are honored to partner with The Music Center and Grand Park to give Los Angeles access to the transformative experience associated with Exxopolis,” said Alan Parkinson, founder, designer and artistic director, Architects of Air. “Like Grand Park, which provides an oasis in downtown Los Angeles, Exxopolis is a spectacular intervention into the urban environment,” he added.
“Exxopolis will transport visitors to Grand Park into another world as they enjoy the ambience of the space itself, combined with music, dance and theatrical performances that celebrate world arts traditions,” said Stephen D. Rountree, president & CEO of The Music Center. “Like Grand Park, which is the park for everyone, Exxopolis is wonderful for all ages, accessible to all and an experience that is special for each person who visits it.”
Parkinson first started experimenting with pneumatic sculptures in the 1980s and has since developed his own language for form in this plastic medium. At 175 feet long by 95 feet wide, Exxopolis, built in 2012, is Architects of Air’s 20th luminarium and an original design. Only four colors of plastic are used to generate a great diversity of subtle hues. Exxopolis’ centerpiece, “the Cupola,” features 10 ‘stained glass’ windows that rise more than 23 feet off the ground.
The presentation of Exxopolis marks the opening of the 11th season of The Music Center’s World City series, which celebrates artistic traditions from around the globe with performances and unique art-making workshops. As visitors explore the many-hued chambers and domes of Exxopolis, they will encounter “Random Acts of World Culture,” with short performances featuring a Brazilian berimbau (musical bow), a Japanese shakuhachi (bamboo flute), a Middle Eastern oud (string instrument) and many more. Visual arts workshops exploring color and creativity will complement the Exxopolis experience.
While access to Exxopolis is free and walkups welcome, guests are encouraged to register for expedited entry.
Tickets can be reserved at http://musiccenter.org/air
There is a $1.00 handling fee per order.
About Architects of Air
Since 1992, more than two million visitors in 38 countries across five continents have immersed themselves in the spectacular, luminous world of Architects of Air. Designed by Alan Parkinson, monumental interactive walk-in sculptures, known as luminaria, pull from ancient architecture, vibrant color themes and geometric shapes to create an awe-inspiring experience.
For more information about Architects of Air, visit http://architects-of-air.com.
About The Music Center
A leader at the cultural heart of Los Angeles County, The Music Center brings to life one of the world’s premier arts destinations by creating opportunities for arts participation, enabling compelling programming and providing first-class venues and services. The Music Center is one of the largest and most highly regarded performing arts centers in the country, creating a cultural hub that is central to L.A.’s status as “the creative capital” of the world. Celebrated for its illustrious dance programming Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center and home to four world class resident companies
Center Theatre Group, LA Opera, LA Phil and Los Angeles Master Chorale – The Music Center is the place to experience the most innovative and critically-acclaimed performing arts in the nation. In its effort to extend the reach and accessibility of the performing arts, The Music Center is a national model for experiences in which people participate directly through its Active Arts® at The Music Center. As well, The Music Center presents special productions, events and festivals for children and families, including World City™ at The Music Center. Each year, more than one million audience members delight in the excitement of live performances on The Music Center’s stages and enjoy free community arts events all year long across its outdoor campus. The Music Center is also on the forefront of arts education in Los Angeles, providing arts resources to students and teachers in schools and community centers throughout the region.
For more information, visit http://www.musiccenter.org and follow The Music Center on Facebook and Twitter (@MusicCenterLA).
About Grand Park
Under the leadership of The Music Center, Grand Park has become a vibrant outdoor community gathering place for all which adds a new spirit and vitality to downtown. With expansive green space for gatherings large and small, Grand Park celebrates the cultural vitality of Los Angeles County and is host to community events, cultural experiences, holiday celebrations and many other activities that engage and attract visitors from all communities throughout the county. One of the biggest parks in downtown Los Angeles, the 12-acre Grand Park stretches from The Music Center on the west to City Hall on the east. Under the direction of the county, Grand Park was developed by Related Companies with an award-winning creative team, including landscape architect, Rios Clementi Hale Studios; general contractor, Charles Pankow Builders; environmental graphic design firm, Sussman/Prejza; and fountain design consultants, Fluidity.
For more information, visit http://grandparkla.org/
The Music Center and Grand Park Present Architects of Air’s “Exxopolis”
September 7-8, 2013 and September 13-15, 2013; 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Grand Park, downtown Los Angeles
(Exxopolis will be located on Grand Park’s Event Lawn between Broadway and Spring Street)
All ages, all access
Reserve tickets for expedited entry at musiccenter.org/air ($1 handling fee per order)
Reservations encouraged; walkups welcome
Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult
No pets allowed
Luminarium is ADA compliant and accessible
Take the Metro Red and Purple lines to Civic Center/Grand Park station, located right in the middle of the park
Suggested parking in Lot 10 under the park between Hill Street and Broadway – $10