Arboria

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Get lost in Fed Square's pop-up inflatable labyrinth

Federation Square is going to look a little different for most of January thanks to an impressive inflatable structure of tunnels and domes.

'Arboria' looks a little like a space station from the outside, but is actually a massive walk-in sculpture inspired by the forest. As you walk through, venturing from cathedral-like dome to dome, the tunnels glow in a kaleidoscope of colours thanks to natural sunlight. It's a totally immersive experience, using a soundscape of Ecuadorian cloud forest sounds to take you far away from Melbourne's CBD.

The sculpture was created by Alan Parkinson of Architects of Air, a UK-based company that's been touring these inflatable worlds – known as luminaria – since 1992. This is one of the biggest luminariums the company has created; the central dome is ten metres high.

You can also get far away from the January heat because Arboria is air-conditioned! 

Arboria will be open in Federation Square daily from 10am-8pm between January 6-28.

By: Ben Neutze

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