This is the inside of the central roof of an structure called the Imaginarium.
The Imaginarium featured at the World Street Performers championship in Dublin in Summer 2010, and despite my hoping otherwise every year since has never returned.
It was a strange almost tent like structure, held up by air inflated into its walls, and with many changing colors through its walls, creating a variety of strange color effects from the natural light as you walked around inside.
Once you got inside, there were many corridors to explore and two huge central rooms with cushions where up 30 people could sit down and relax and take in the strange atmosphere of this unusual place, erected in Merrion Square in the heart of the city for only a couple of days.
This was the roof over the very centre of the structure, where most people sat around taking pictures of each other in these strange surroundings.
Due to the walls being made of plastic (like a gigantic bouncy castle) the temperature inside was incredible in the summer sun. The bottled water stand conveniently positioned outside did good business that weekend!
Thanks for looking!
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Silvio1953 (126015) 2013-09-17 11:45
Ciao Noel, great view of fantastic structure, excellent clarity, beautiful geometry, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
worldcitizen (7223) 2013-09-17 11:54
This photo is mesmerizing. It reminds me one of those visual puzzles that seems to change when you look at it long enough. The blue color is great. I'm trying to visualize the rest of this structure, and hope you'll show us more of it. It sounds very interesting and unique. I like the details you focused on in this shot.
Pentti (1457) 2013-09-17 12:11
It would have been interesting to visit this "imaginary" place
Interesting detail and pleasant cool colours
macjake (58160) 2013-09-17 12:12
ok buddy, you need to stop using LSD!
what you're actually looking at is a boring flat white cieling, its the LSD thats making it glow blue!
this is pretty cool, looks like a "Blue Hole" rather than a Black Hole in space.
strange indeed, but attractive and an eye catcher!
Fis2 (87581) 2013-09-17 12:36
A very curious roof.
Very impressive picture!
jcpix (13718) 2013-09-17 20:58
Whaaaaaaat?? I will promptly now go have my head checked to make sure everything is still in place. Is it concaved, convexed, or what...my mind can't figure it out, each time I look at it I see it in a different way! Just brilliant! This is the type of thing that sets a photographer apart in my opinion...when everyone one else is taking pictures of each other or the obvious, you've found something unique and well, a bit perplexing...but that's a very good thing! :)
If for nothing else, the dominant blue color would have had me liking this, but the tight framing to create this visual is outstanding. Love the range of blues with the little patterns of orange to break it up with just the right touch of contrast and design. I feel that if I stare at it long enough it's actually going to start moving like a jellyfish. Whoever named this place definitely had the right idea in mind, so much can be interpreted by our own imaginations. Hope to see more of this place, what a great shot! Have a good day ahead.
Cheers from across the pond,
jjcordier (77580) 2013-09-17 23:20
Ton imagination a bien fonctionné pour réaliser cette très intéressante photo colorée!
carlo62 (35518) 2013-09-18 0:01
bella esposizione e bei colori, deve essere molto suggestivo camminare sotto questa struttura, i colori che si diffondono nell'ambiente sono sicuramente splendidi.
Ottima condivisione, non potevo conoscere questo luogo e mi ha fatto piacere esserne a conoscenza.
krzychu30 (15510) 2013-09-18 0:25
it´s a picture no one will pass by indifferently.
Beautiful,creative and abstract in its perception!
It´s like we would immersed in our own dreams.
Evocative composition with strong graphics and delightful colors(these different shades of blue are magnificent).
Brilliant shot Noel!
Have a nice day
mjw364 (7512) 2013-09-18 1:51
Love it! Fantastic shot right up my street! Love the shapes, colours, shades and lines. Fantastic!
Kugart (1778) 2013-09-18 2:15
What a splash of blue! I have to agree with worldcitizen it definitely looks like one of those optical illusions. The more I look at it the more it changes. The centre is changing all the time from concave to convex. Great work Noel.
All the best.
abmdsudi (44930) 2013-09-18 4:34
A fabulous shot and the bold design, that canopy has just popped out of the screen and over my head, Noel! A whole new perspective, viewpoint and what wonderful curves as the high contrast you've achieved really brings the brilliant colours out. It is also good to have that amount of quality light there. Good spot as a photo-opportunity, Congrats
ourania (33797) 2013-09-18 6:12
this is a brilliant picture, irresistible and delightful, so much so that the description of the subject's function is not so important. It certainly satisfies our curiosity but the charm of the gradient blue tones, the graphical lines and the patterns is strong enough to make us forget about the event that took place under this roof. The filtred light offered a mesmerising glow. I like the fact that you avoided symmetry and gave to the graphism a playful aspect. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
Sonata11 (33378) 2013-09-18 8:06
Wow! this is impressive and very beautiful. I love it and I like your execution. Fantastic hues of blue colors.
Very beautiful composition. Tfs.
Indrasish (2893) 2013-09-18 21:34
Wonderful abstract picture.. I like the cropping and this is a very creative shot.. and I like the bluish effect.. Superb image quality and nice colors too.. And thanks for attaching an interesting note with it.. Very well done..
Good morning and wish you all the best..
photoray (12838) 2013-09-19 16:12
Being an 'old California Hippie' your Imaginarium vision stimulates the visual senses and certainly a dream charge. Hopefully someone will realize the benefits of artistic events like the Imaginarium and it will return.
Happy trails to you,
fabbs99 (16783) 2013-09-19 22:47
Great colors and love a shot.Very well done.TFS.
mesutilgim (86886) 2013-09-20 10:21
A perfect TE entry ! Both photographycally and informative topclass. I've learned again something.
TFS and have a nice weekend
Romano46 (18466) 2013-09-20 11:32
una struttura incredibile per gli effetti particolari che essa offreallo sguardo oltre che per i colori ricchi di infinite sfumature nei toni del blu e del verde.
Immagino il particolare successo che può avere avuto, come con notevoli dettagli racconti nelle tue note, ma visitarlo pernso fosse d'obbligo, quantomeno per gli abitanti della città.
Una bella struttura che purtroppo, come dici, è durata un tempo brevissimo e di essa rimangono solo le foto che te e gli altri visitatori si sono preoccupati di fare.
Una ottima condivisione che ci ha permesso di conoscere un particolare aspetto di Dublino, sia pure ormai scomparso.
Complimenti per la foto e le belle note.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
Royaldevon (31415) 2013-09-20 11:50
The world can be such an exciting place!
I love this for its colour and its patterns, its composition and colour tones but most of all because it is one of those shots which is an optical illusion; the centre moves from convex to concave! Strange!!
My warm regards,
ktanska (25217) 2013-09-23 11:24
A stunning abstract art view. Those converging lines make very strong 3D effect together with brightness variations of blue.
delpeoples (53853) 2013-10-04 16:33
What a great word: imaginarium! Almost as good as the photo. When I saw it I immediately thought of the latest works of Mikey in Barcelona. It really is a wonderful image in terms of uniqueness, composition, colour, light regulation and tight framing. It has that almost-abstract quality to it that so many of Juan and Mikey's shots have. Excellent work, the photo is immaculate technically-speaking and beautiful aesthetically-speaking.
Have a lovely evening, bank holiday here yee haaaa!
Miguel82 (25109) 2013-10-06 5:07
It should be a nice place to see in Dublin Noel, a spectacle room if I'm right, very original and insolite, I like the patterns and colors, high definition
all the best, regards
clic (15474) 2013-10-30 11:13
Quite a fascinating view; I can't make up my mind that is if the "blue hole" is a duomo seen from below or from above!
You dared something different and it's very attractive!
elenimavrandoni (14207) 2014-06-27 8:15
Noel, the title itself make someone dream of colors and of shapes...it would be a very interesting championship to attend and I'm sure that the color effects would be very impressive!!
I like your picture for the creativity and the very beautiful colors!
thanks for visiting me and for your kind comment on my last post, to me it is a thrill to be here in Rio and to watch the World Cup at the Maracana or the other beautiful stadiums..there is more excitement here than the Olympics, Latin American countries are not only passionate with soccer but this is their lifestyle as well...so it is nice to be here and enjoy the fiesta!!
Inside the Maracana the blue and red colors that you see on my last post are the colors of Chile that won the game with Spain. The colors on the roof are changing to the winning team and it something spectacular to watch!
all the best