Monday, 4 September 2017


Over the recent Bank Holiday, there has been the most extraordinary 'luminarium sculpture' installed inside the Piece Hall in Halifax. Designed by 'Architects of the Air', it is called Albesila.

It consists of a series of interconnecting inflated PVC domes in different colours, through which you wander barefoot.  Daylight shining through results in incredibly luminous colours, blending and changing as you move around the chambers and corridors. With gentle music playing, the ambience was calming and meditative... 'somewhere between a womb and a cathedral' was a quote I read and that seemed apt. 

I arrived before it opened and still had to queue for an hour to get into it. The wait, however, was well worth it and I feel privileged to have experienced something so different and affecting. Quite pleased with my photos too!

Unfortunately my family were away; otherwise I'm sure the grandchildren would have enjoyed it too. 

See below for what it looked like on the outside - intriguing but with little hint of the wonder inside. 


  1. Wow! That looks like so much fun. The colours are amazing. Shame about the queues.

  2. Extraordinary. Whatever would the former inhabitants of the Piece Hall have made of that?

  3. I wish I was there - it looks fabulous!

  4. Well, these are the most un-jennyfreckle-ish images I have seen in a long time!

  5. Very cool- and kind of mesmerizing!


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