Recently at an outdoor event on Chicago's lakefront, my family and I walked through a Luminarium. It’s a sculpture people walk through to experience brilliant colors heightened by light.
It was like walking through kaleidoscope tunnels of colors—in a sort of jumpy-house structure. Though, it was certainly not a jumpy house, which is something I kept having to remind my 5-year-old son.
Children and adults walked about illuminated by the various “chambers” of colors. We all walked in circles, because every time you walked through the same room, you’d experienced some different sensation of color and light.
It was as if you wanted to make sure you didn't miss out on any of the he color sensations, so you just kept walking through it, again and again.
It was meditative and invigorating at the same time.
It reminded of the importance light—whether natural or artificial—has in our perception of space and of color. That's why it’s so important to experience color during different times of the day. This naturally applies when considering a paint, wallpaper, furniture upholstery or even FLOR styles. It’s best to live with the color for a day or so to make sure you chose a shade that puts your design in the best light possible.
Experience a Luminarium online.
Photos courtesy of me, taken in Chicago in September, 2010 at Redmoon Theater's Joyous Outdoor Event.