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Australia Residents Explore Giant Inflatable Maze

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A multicoloured structure with seemingly no end in sight. At fifty-three metres in length and nine metres in height this inflatable maze - named Exxopolis Luminarium - is a sight to behold.

Visitors to Sydney's Opera House are being treated to a gift for the senses in the form of a giant inflatable maze. While the outside may resemble a bouncy castle, on the inside excited visitors are being transported to another world. (Courtesy: AP)

A multicoloured structure with seemingly no end in sight.

At fifty-three metres in length and nine metres in height this inflatable maze - named Exxopolis Luminarium - is a sight to behold.

Set in Sydney Opera House's forecourt, this new inflatable creation was made by Architects of Air, a UK-based company that bring visual surprises and excitement into regular environments.

Over the last two decades, the Architects of Air have entertained over 2 million people in 40 countries with their unique creations.

Sydney Opera House Chief Executive, Louise Herron, says they hope everyone will get to enjoy the inflatable maze:

"The Opera House belongs to everyone and we want to make sure there is something for everyone," she says.

Herron says that moving through this inflatable maze is a feast for the senses:

"It feels like this incredible hyper-reality, because you're standing in there actually submerged in light and you're not sure what you can see and how deep the depth of field is and it's really marvellous," she says.

Creator Shanti Freed says it's an interactive, sensory experience which is open to all:

"It's really creating a space that people can come and enjoy light and colour in a personal way, but it's also collective because you're sharing that space with other people," she says.

It's inside the structure that the magic truly begins, with visitors invited to lose themselves in this labyrinth of tunnels and domes.

Inspired by natural forms, geometrics and Middle Eastern bazaars, this Luminarium - as it's known to it's creators - is held up only by the air flowing through it.

Freed says it's an ideal location to showcase her vision:

"I think for me, and I've travelled all over the world with different Luminariums, it's the most pleasing place to be from a design perspective," she says.

The colour inside this structure is produced by sunlight with eerie music inside the maze completing a dazzling experience of light, colour and sound.

Freed says it's easy to lose yourself in the inflatable maze:

"You have no horizon line so you lose your sense of where you are," she says.

The inflatable maze is part of a series of events staged by Sydney's Opera House.

The Exxopolis is open to visitors until the 27 January 2014.


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