Children & Families


Architects of Air

UK Premiere - Daedalum

Following more than 8,000 visitors to Architects of Air’s Katena in October, we’re thrilled to welcome back our favourite Nottingham-based internationally renowned company to Wheee! 2019 with the UK premiere of a brand new luminarium. 

Daedalum is named after Daedalus. In Greek mythology he was the father of Icarus and the architect of the Labyrinth of Minos. Daedalum’s core element is a maze of 19 egg-shaped domes. The arrangement of the translucent elements that are the dome tops and pods is designed to produce vistas and hues of considerable variety and subtlety. 

The spatial conception creates mysterious sight-lines and allows colour to be altered from event to event. This flexibility over the colour experience makes Daedalum is the most painterly of the luminaria in terms of artistic control.

Exploring the labyrinth the visitor can also discover 2 major new elements, designed by Alan Parkinson’s son Meko. The Tree is an adventurous assembly of intersecting volumes rising above the visitor’s head creating many intriguing viewpoints.  The Main Dome features an innovative indirect illumination designed to vary the colour inside according to the sun’s direction

The 600 piece pattern of the Main Dome ceiling was loosely inspired by Rome’s Pantheon with its radiant oculus mimicking the sun and the Gustave Doré drawing of angels circling heavenward in Dante’s paradise.

Visit duration at peak times: 15 mins
Suitable for all
Tickets required for both adult and children (under 16s must be accompanied by an adult)
Under 18 months free

Priority Access - BOOK HERE
A limited number of Priority Access tickets for specified time slots are available to book in advance. Priority Access bookers join a separate, shorter queue that is given priority. Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your time slot.

Standard Entry - BOOK HERE
Standard Entry tickets can be booked for one of three entry periods each day: 11am-1pm, 1-3pmand 3pm-close. Standard Entry bookers can gain access to the luminarium during the entry period specified on their tickets.

Bookers should expect to have to queue prior to entry, with queues in excess of one hour during peak times. Please arrive within the first hour of your entry period. Standard Entry tickets will be available to purchase from box office on each day.

Under 18 months
Entry is free for children under 18 months, however, tickets are required. These tickets are only available from our Box Office/when you join the queue on the day of your visit.

Luminaria are all fully wheelchair accessible, with free carer tickets. Parents/carers of visitors with additional access needs, particularly those who may experience difficulty queuing, should speak to Luminarium staff on the day.

Please note: parking on campus is limited during half-term. The easiest way to get to Lakeside Arts is to use the Toton Lane/Hucknall tram line and get off at the University of Nottingham stop. Additional free parking will be available for Wheee! visitors at the University Park West Entrance, in the field behind Florence Boot Hall. This site is a pleasant 15 minute walk from Lakeside around the lake, so if you park here, please allow extra time to reach us.

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