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Inside Grand Park's Trippy, Temporary, Inflatable Temple

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[Photos by Elizabeth Daniels]

If that James Turrell exhibit at LACMA seems just a little too permanent or not quite inflatable enough, you're gonna love "Exxopolis," the giant, inflatable, colorful "luminarium" that popped up in Grand Park the last two weekends. The "walk-in sculpture," designed by Architects of Air, is a 175-foot-long and 95-foot-wide maze "[i]nspired by Islamic architecture and Gothic cathedrals." Unlike most Islamic architecture and Gothic cathedrals however, its "translucent colored PVC material filters natural light, which then reflects onto silver opaque PVC to create a space filled with remarkable colors and subtle hues." During its tenure, the space hosted Random Acts of Culture, a series of "unexpected performances" (see a fellow break out a cello in these photos; besides music, there were also dance and theater performances).

· EXXOPOLIS [Grand Park]

Grand Park

S. Grand Ave. & W. First St., Los Angeles, CA