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Architects of Air: Katena Luminarium

June 16, 17 & 18 | On The Columbia Lakefront

Presented in Partnership with Columbia’s 50th Birthday

The highlight of this year’s Free Opening Weekend will be the Architects of Air: Katena Luminarium, presented in partnership with Columbia’s 50th Birthday. Katena is a soaring structure that has been seen across the globe and is now coming to Columbia. A luminarium is an inflatable multi-room lighted sculpture that people enter for an encounter with the phenomenon of light. Those who enter the structure experience a spectacular and surreal world, touring visually stunning interiors. The installation awakens all the senses, creating a sense of wonder and enchantment for all ages. Visitors are transported and immersed in an amazing world of architectural beauty with subtle and saturated hues, creating a unique visual arts sensory experience, in ways you wouldn’t expect.

The inflatable walk-in sculpture from the United Kingdom will be free and open to all, June 16-18, 2017. It is part of this summer’s Columbia Festival of the Arts free weekend Your Summer Starts Here! and Columbia’s 50th Birthday Celebration at the Columbia Town Center Lakefront . The three-day event includes live music, kids’ entertainment and crafts, a fine arts and craft sale, festival food fare, a beer garden, wine tastings, and a variety of activities for all ages.

Vic Broccolino, chair of Columbia 50th Birthday Inc., which is facilitating the 50th Birthday 2017 celebrations said, “I am delighted that Architects of Air Katena will be part of Columbia’s 50th Birthday Celebration. The luminarium represents so much of what Columbia stands for – an ever evolving structure with a dramatic purpose – we felt it was a perfect installation for our community. I hope that many Howard County residents will be able to experience the unique atmosphere of Katena as part of the 50th Birthday.”

The Katena luminarium will be situated in the American City Building lot adjacent to Whole Foods off Little Patuxent Parkway. Katena will be free of charge to enter and is accessible to wheelchair users and individuals with mobility difficulties. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult (maximum 4-children per adult). All patrons, regardless of age, must get a free ticket to enter in timed groups. For the safety of the structure, guests are required to remove their shoes to enter Katena. (with rare exceptions for medical reasons). For more information on the luminarium visit: