Sorry, this event was in the past. See All Current Events
  • Events
  • Luminarium - Albesila

Luminarium - Albesila

September 28 - October 7, 2018 Cowles Commons

ALBESILA (the new luminarium) represents a complete departure from how we had approached the design of previous luminaria. Previously luminaria aimed to encourage the visitors to lose themselves by creating winding paths and short sightlines whereas for Albesila we used a rectilinear grid ground plan to give long sightlines and clear left/ right parameters. We soon found that too unexciting and have completely revised the layout to restore the mystery and sense of discovery.

And the paths are different too, they’re no longer the curving tunnels but airy, interconnected, 5 meter high ovoid domes. 27 such domes make Albesila feel more voluminous despite occupying a similar ground area to its predecessors.

Of the 27 egg-shaped domes 4 eggs provide the base to the most imposing tree form and 10 eggs are opaque silver where, looking upward, one discovers radiant geometric traceries inspired by Islamic art.

The remaining 13 eggs provide a complete immersion in color. This sensory intensity reaches a peak in the magnificent Main Dome where an intricate weave of illuminated seams creates a constellation of stars spiraling upward to the heavens.


Ticket Information

Show Date Time   Availability
Get Tickets
Show Date Time   Availability
Page of
Sorry, there are no show times available.

We Recommend


June 6 - September 26, 2019 Learn More


August 25, 2019 Learn More


September 29, 2019 Learn More

Event Details

Running Time 9 hours
Venue Cowles Commons
Please note: all patrons, regardless of age, must purchase a ticket to be permitted into the Luminarium.

Hours: 9:30 AM – 6 PM

Admission: $5 day-of standby admission, $15 advance reserved time

Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult (maximum 4 children per adult).

Children 2 years and younger will be admitted free of charge
Official Website:

Mission Moment

You Make The Difference

“Integrating the arts allows me to bring joy and enthusiasm into my teaching. I see such a difference in my students when we have arts integration in our lesson.”
- Dawn, fifth-grade teacher at Cattell Elementary School, Des Moines

Donate Today
Des Moines Performing Arts Partnerships: