Astra Lumina: A Light Show Experience REVIEW

A couple of weeks ago, I attended Astra Lumina, a temporary light exhibition in Los Angeles. I’d first seen the ads for it on Instagram, and I was keen to go. That said, I bought the $38 USD ticket and, along with my sister and partner, we headed out for the first slot of the night (18h00) to check it out.

20230107_184831Photo Booth opportunity

There were a total of nine installations, with mini-shows lasting anywhere from 2-3 minutes. Lights oscillated, scintillated, and glowed bright in the night. Some of the installations reminded me of being in outer space, or in a sci-fi film like Star Trek, or in another dimension. Definitely otherworldly, to say the least!

20230107_175254Astra Archway

20230107_175948Falling Stars

20230107_180835Stardust Rays

The circuit to see all nine installations was a total of one mile (1.6 km), and we decided to loop around again to make our money’s worth: whereas our first loop had been devoid of most people (i.e. not as many people), by the second loop it was packed! We weaved through the crowds to see the installations again, before managing to catch an Uber back home– by 19h00, there was a long line of cars backed up out of the parking lot and street!

20230107_181152Celestial Trail

20230107_182432Cosmic Choir

20230107_182829Astral Genesis

20230107_183909Rise of the Stars

Overall, it was a lovely time, but I wouldn’t say that it was worth paying $38 USD for. Had it been a bit cheaper, like $20 USD, I would’ve been a bit more impressed. But after all, it was a temporary light exhibition (and the first in the US!), so it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I was glad to have checked out. And along with good company, it made the night fun!

Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful day! 🙂

— The Finicky Cynic

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2 thoughts on “Astra Lumina: A Light Show Experience REVIEW

  1. Good idea for an outing. It seems that there are more of these light shows at night. Is it technical progress or changing tastes of the audience? It also seems to be associated with long winter evenings, although the cold is a deterrent.

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