When I left Houston to move to Brazil, and then to the UK, I left behind a really fantastic group of friends from my photography club, but thanks to Facebook I’ve still been able to stalk all of their beautiful photos online. I had seen a few posted showing “Architects of Air” and had been really disappointed that I wouldn’t have a chance to see it myself because we were so far away down in Brazil.
Well, our last minute panic trip took care of that!
So, while Brian was taking care of business, I had a free afternoon to spend with my good friend, Angela. We told her six year old son tales of glowing bubbles that we could climb and walk through, and he was excited to go with us.
Really, I think he just wanted to ride in the Jeep with the top off, but can you blame him? Look at those blue skies!
We parked a few blocks away and walked to the park. Discovery Green was full of the usual Saturday crowds so we made our way past the kids splashing in the fountains, the people rowing kayaks in the pond and the lines of families patiently waiting for their snowcones and made it to the strangest mass of plastic you might ever see.
We didn’t know much about the installation, but found out as we waited that this vinyl structure was designed and glued together by hand in Nottingham, England over the course of several months.
There are no artificial lights used in the display. All the color inside comes from natural sunlight glowing through the colored panels.
We had to wait in line for about an hour before we finally had our turn, but the six year old had a great time running all over the park and making new friends in the nearby ‘art car’ golf cart nearby. What kid can resist driving a golf card decorated like a dragon with thousands of mirrors for scales? I kind of wanted to climb on it myself.
I held our spot in line while Angela followed her boy around, and she held our spot in line while I ran to feed the meter where we parked. I figured we were lucky to find a spot right in front of Minute Made park because it was a very easy landmark to remember. Oh, I was so wrong.
But before we found out how wrong I was about our parking spot, we spent a very colorful half hour getting lost inside the Luminarium with a few dozen others.
The colors were so intense it almost made my eyes hurt to change rooms, but it was a beautiful experience. The bigger chambers had beautiful patterns built into their structures, and the smaller chambers gave us a chance to relax and absorb the light.
Before we knew it we had made our way all the way through and found ourselves back at the beginning. It seemed to be over too soon!
But the call of snow-cones was calling, so we found our shoes and made a little boy very happy.
As we made our way back to the Jeep, content and cool with a massive snowcone on board, we were happy to have spent the afternoon downtown. Thanks again, Deb, for the reminder that it was still going on!
We were content, until we got back to Minute Made park and found an empty parking spot.
Where the hell is my Jeep?!
More on that soon.