Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Luminarium in Montréal

We had a great day in Montréal on Sunday. My cousin Geoff (whom I had not seen since I was 14 and he was 5, over 30 years ago!) is the Director of the Leicester Comedy Festival in England, and was in town for the Juste pour rire/Just For Laughs festival. Let me just say that I will not let another 30 years pass before I see him again! Being an only child with no living parents, I really appreciate getting to spend time with family, especially family like my wonderful cousin. I haven't laughed that hard in ages! I think we share a humour gene.

Geoff used to work with the Architects of Air, and he took us to the Luminarium that was set up for the festival. I was most impressed that we were allowed to go to the front of the line and under the velvet rope. Ah, I like having family members in positions of power!

From the outside, the Luminarium looked, well, a little odd...

But the inside was amazing!

There are several Luminaria that tour the world. This one is called Amococo.

You are invited to sit, relax, and enjoy the atmosphere. Children love it, but running and screaming are not encouraged!

I think it is best described as an inflatable sculpture...

It's definitely art!

All the light is natural and it does amazing things once you're inside...

Geoff and Gordon enjoy a quiet moment.

If you ever get a chance to visit one of these, I encourage you to do so! I could have stayed for hours.


  1. OOOOOOH... I must check it out! ..and I work right beside the site too!

  2. This is so cool! I wonder if I can convince somebody here to bring one in. Hmm, oh, Royal Saskatchewan Museum, where are you? lol Thanks for sharing

  3. Michele, they've been to Ottawa. Next stop, Regina! :)

  4. So neat! Wonderful too that you were able to re-unite with your cousin!


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