Monumental interactive sculpture to be installed on campus during ArtsFest

Contact: Barclay McConnell

Director, Baum Gallery of Fine Art at UCA

501.450.5793 | barclaym@uca.edu

www.uca.edu/art/baum

  Monumental interactive sculpture to be installed on UCA campus during Conway’s ArtsFest 

CONWAY — The Baum Gallery of Fine Art at the University of Central Arkansas announces the upcoming installation of the Mirazozo luminarium on the campus of UCA Sept. 27-29.

A luminarium is an inflatable, building-sized sculptural environment created by Architects of Air, a design firm based in Nottingham, England. The design of the Mirazozo luminarium is based on gothic cathedrals and Islamic architecture and features a maze of colorful winding paths and domes for patrons to explore.

Luminaria by Architects of Air have been installed in more than 37 countries around the world, and this will be the first to be installed in Arkansas.

“We are thrilled to be the first to present the work of Architects of Air in the state of Arkansas,” said Baum Director Barclay McConnell, “and we are grateful to the many art lovers in Conway who have offered financial support for this project.”

Hours of operation for Mirazozo  will be 12-6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 27-28, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29. Entry is free but timed tickets must be reserved in advance through UCA’s Baum Gallery of Fine Art. Information on timed tickets is available on the Baum Gallery’s website at uca.edu/art/baum. The installation will be located on the Donaghey side of campus near the entrance to Alumni Circle, directly in front of McAlister Hall.

The installation of Mirazozo will be in conjunction with Conway’s annual ArtsFest and will be a family-friendly community event with musical and dance performances and a festival atmosphere.  The installation is open to all ages and is handicap accessible.

The Mirazozo luminarium is presented by the Baum Gallery of Fine Art and UCA’s College of Fine Arts and Communication in collaboration with various community supporters, including the Conway Convention and Visitors Bureau, Conway Chamber of Commerce, UCA Center for Community and Economic Development and individual community patrons.

For more information on the Baum or the installation of the Mirazozo luminarium, visit http://uca.edu/art/baum/ or architects-of-air.com

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