Amococo: Mesa Arts Center features unqiue inflatable walk-in art installation

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MESA, Ariz. -- Designed and constructed by the British company Architects of Air, “Amococo” is a massive, inflatable, walk-in art installation.

Yetta Gibson headed out to Mesa Arts Center to give us a look at this unique experience, which is described as “the most labyrinthine luminarium.”

The installation features 86 triaxial domes and 71 pods. When put together, the domes and pods “create a complex of pathways where the visitors may happily lose themselves.”

While Amococo might look like a bounce house from the outside, the experience inside couldn’t be more different.

“It’s like walking inside of stained glass,” said Cindy Ornstein of Mesa Arts Center.

“It is a paradox that such a stimulating environment can simultaneously be so calming,” say the creators. “Many people find the luminaria a place for rest or meditation.” Amococo has toured the world and the U.S., but this is the first time it has come to Arizona.

Ornstein said the process to install Amococo took an entire day. Inflating the sculptures that make up the piece was the fastest part of the process talking only about 20 minutes.

“[The artist] has created something that has changed the way people experience art,” Ornstein said. “It can be enjoyed by anyone of any age.”

That includes people in wheelchairs. The installation is ADA accessible.

Ornstein says Amococo has been a hit. People have even gone back multiple times to experience it again as the light changes throughout the day.

Amococo will be open daily 10 a.m.-10 p.m. though Sunday, March 20. Admission is $5. Pre-order is recommended. Be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled admission time.

Children younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Mesa Arts Center is located at Main and Center streets.