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The City of Stirling is committed to providing a calendar of free and low-cost community events that offer entertainment and leisure opportunities for everyone to enjoy.

KATENA - Architects of Air

City of Stirling in association with Insite Arts present KATENA Architects of Air from 8 July - 14 July 2019 at Carine Regional Open Space.

From the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain to the Opera House, Sydney Australia, the monumental and interactive walk-in sculptures of Architects of Air and designed by Alan Parkinson, have astounded audiences across the globe.  Architects of Air has toured the luminaria since 1992 and visited 43 countries.

As a temporary immersive art installation, the KATENA luminarium offers a dazzling maze of winding paths and soaring domes that create a sense of wonder and enchantment for all ages and abilities. Visitors will be transported into an amazing world of light, colour and sound as they walk through the inflatable luminarium.

No two visits to a structure are alike as the atmosphere inside alters according to changing weather and changing light outside. It is a paradox that such a stimulating environment can simultaneously be so calming, comforting and exci­ting. Many people find the luminaria a place for rest or meditation.

The City of Stirling is proud to bring this incredible and exclusive experience back to Western Australia for the first time in 10 years.

  • Monday to Friday 10.00am - 4.00pm (last admission)
  • Saturday to Sunday 9.00am - 4.45pm (last admission).

This experience can be appreciated by all ages, all cultures, all abilities in­cluding the elderly and wheelchair users.

For more information, contact culturalservices@stirling.wa.gov.au or (08) 9205 8555.

We encourage attendees to take photos and videos of their experience at KATENA. When posting to social media please remember to hash tag #cityofstirling and #architectsofair.

Did you know? 

There are no tickets or registrations for this free event, KATENA - Architects of Air, however places are limited with the capacity of luminarium set at a maximum of 80 visitors at any one time. Once capacity is reached people may only enter as others exit so there is a continuous flow of visitors going in and out of the luminarium.

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FAQs

About

About KATENA 

Katena takes its name from the catenary curve - the characteristic shape of a suspended chain, such as was used by Gaudi to design the Sagrada Familia. More than 100 catenary curves are found in Katena.

The first catenary encounter is in the airlock where the windows have the form of an inverted catenary. Entering the Green Dome the catenary appears as a motif generated by displaced seams. The spectacular Main Dome of Katena has been likened to a Hindu temple. Its construction widened the boundaries of our pneu¬matic explorations with an intricate mesh of riveted and sewn reinforcement defining the shape and over 200 colour spots swirling upward to a green finial.

No two visits to a structure are alike as the atmosphere inside alters according to changing weather and changing light outside. The experience is also affected by how the public inhabits the luminarium - each visitor forms part of the living sculpture. 

It is a paradox that such a stimulating environment can simultaneously be so calming, comforting and exciting. Many people find the luminaria a place for rest or meditation.

Capacity 

For the visitor to have space and tranquillity to enjoy the luminarium the ca¬pacity is limited to 80 visitors at any one time. Once capacity is reached people may enter only as others exit so there is a continuous flow of visitors going in and out of the luminarium.

Weather 

The luminarium can operate in the rain. However if winds reach over 35km a hour the luminarium will be deflated and re-inflated once conditions are deemed safe.  

Food and drink 

No food or drink is permitted in the luminarium. There will be no facilities available to purchase food or drinks at the venue either. 

Photography and social media

Attendees are encouraged to take photos and videos of their experience at KATENA. When posting to social media please remember to hash tag #cityofstirling and #architectsofair.

Getting there

The KATENA luminarium is a temporary immerse inflatable art installation, which will be positioned on Carine Regional Open Space, Okely Road, Carine WA. You can find us next to the Okely road playground.

Public transport 

Why not take advantage of our glorious location and walk, cycle or use public transport to get here! 425 buses will run from Stirling train station to Stop ID: 18987 - Okely Road before Osmaston Road. Visit www.transport.wa.gov.au for more information on bus routes, walking and cycling paths in the area.

Parking

Carine Regional Open Space offers ample free parking. We recommend parking along Okely road or  in the Carine Regional Open Space main carpark. 
Please be respectful of our neighbours by not parking on their verges or blocking their driveways. Parking patrols are regularly undertaken in the area and fines for illegal parking will apply. This includes parking in no-stopping zones, on residential verges, driveways, tow away zones etc.

Accessibility

This experience can be appreciated by all ages, all cultures, all abilities in­cluding the elderly and wheelchair users.

The KATENA luminarium event site is a grassed venue which is accessible by wheelchair. The entry of the KATENA is located 50 meters from the closest pathway.

The closest ACROD bays are located on Okely Road. It is recommended that patrons parking in these bays use the footpath around playground towards the entry to the KATENA. This is the most direct path to our venue entrance and has the least incline.

For more information, contact culture@stirling.wa.gov.au or (08) 9205 8555.

Conditions of entry

  • Children under the age of 16 years must be accompanied by an adult (a minimum of 1 adult for up to 4 children)
  • Shoes must not be worn in the luminarium. Shoes and possessions (prams, umbrellas etc.) are to be left in the reception area prior to entering
  • No food or drink is permitted in the luminarium
  • City of Stirling reserves the right of admission to this venue
  • Architects of Air is a smoke free venue.