OneDome: LMNL | A Labyrinth of Immersive Art

Welcome to another She & Him Adventures! A few weeks back Ricky and I decided to make the most of a beautiful day in San Francisco and visit LMNL, an amazing new exhibition in San Francisco. LMNL is a unique, immersive, and interactive experience. Every installation and room has been curated so each experience is interactive and responsive to participants. I am beyond excited to share this post, LMNL is pushing the boundaries of reality, evolved with magical experiences. So, let your imagination wander and join me today as we travel beyond the limits of the imagination in a unique immersive experience designed to inspire, amaze and transform...welcome to the LMNL experience! 

As soon as you descend into the underground world of LMNL, it's clear this is no ordinary experience!
LMNL consists of 14 interactive rooms and installations created in collaboration with 11 leading new media and visual artists from around the world. Each rooms is interactive, whether it lights up when you breathe, transforms with your movements or when you physically touch it.

Once inside LMNL you can wander between installations on your own and you are allowed to return to a room if you wish to see it again. And, if you don't know how a certain room works, the staff will gladly explain. You have up to two hours from time of entry to explore the rooms.  The experience can last anywhere between 45 & 90 minutes dependent on your pace. Ricky and I manage to enjoy the entire experience in 50-60 minutes. Now let's begin with the first room! 

The first room starts with Hybycozo, a series of large scale installations and artworks that investigates geometry through light, shadow, materials, and perception. Let me just say, what an introduction! This room featured intricately carved lanterns. There was one lantern that was hanging from the ceiling and the lantern would spin when touched creating a room full of spinning geometric shadows. Ricky and I were in absolute awe of the lanterns and the shadows they created. This room was so beautiful and magical. I've got to say that this was definitely my favorite room and I could've stayed in here all day, which is probably the reason why I have so many pictures of this room.

The photo above is probably one my favorite, it feels very magical and I find it so beautiful.
Have you ever seen a water version of yourself? Well inside the next room that dream comes to reality! Vincent Houze uses modern computer graphics techniques to create interactive art, performances, and large-scale multimedia installations. It was such a fun and interactive room, Ricky definitely enjoyed this room and I enjoyed watching him enjoy it.
The next room had a screen with a underwater scene. Our bodies appeared on the screen as silhouettes made of tiny air bubbles, which mirrored our every move.

After playing 'under the sea' for a while, we moved onto the next room. The next room was filled with optical illusions, from a black and white striped wall to mirrored boxes that beg the question, who is real the real one?
The artist behind this incredible wall is Darel Carey is a visual artist based in Los Angeles, who served in the US Air Force as a language analyst, before pursuing an art career. His current work includes abstract line drawings and optical tape installations and murals, using lines to bend the perceived dimensions of a space. I am in love with this wall and I seriously wouldn't mind having this wall in my home.

In the same room we also found these visually magical installations known as The Infinity Boxes by the incredible artist Matt Elson. I can't even begin to explain how beautiful and magical it was to see these boxes. Pro Tip - Don't waste your time waiting in line elsewhere, and definitely check out the infinity boxes in this room. I noticed most people ignore them but look inside and see the magic that awaits.

The infinity boxes were definitely another favorite of mine. P.S I'm totally getting Queen of Hearts vibes from this photo.
The next room we entered was filled with interactive sound. Dave & Gabe is an interactive installation studio that unites sound, light, and tactility into immersive experiences. This particular room featured large mesh panels with colorful glowing lights around the edge. Each panel made a different sound, and the sound varies depending on how you make contact with the mesh. It was such a cool room, Ricky and I enjoyed making music or should I said weird sounds together.

Ever wonder what it's like to design your own forest? The next room was created by Design I/O, an interactive art studio specializing in the design and development of cutting edge, immersive, interactive installations. Inside this room, Ricky and I were able to interact with a digital forest ecosystem that featured a digital waterfall. The waterfall's path can be moved around the room with foam logs and depending on where the water flows, the forest will grow flowers and tress. I think this was such an awesome concept. I noticed a lot of people also ignored this room and I don't know why, but I really enjoyed it.
One of the only rooms that had a line to enter was the next room by Gabriel Pulecio. It was a very small room and was only made for one or two people to enter at a time. The room was also mirrored and had lights from top to bottom that would illuminate and change colors as you moved. It was a very futuristic and visually appealing room. I must admit it was hard to photograph but Ricky managed to grab one really awesome picture.
The next room had a twelve-foot LED sphere, composed of hundreds of glass tubes hanging from the ceiling, each one fill with glowing and color changing lights. The genius behind this amazing artwork was B-Reel, a creative agency.

The next room was created by Storylab, an interactive experience company focused on telling your stories through technological wizardry. This room was filled with interactive projections, that included flowers, dots, and lines. The flowers were my favorite because they photographed so beautifully.

Before leaving LMNL, we checked out a few of the displays in the lobby that we had accidentally skipped, for example another beautiful Infinity Box.

And we have reached the end of this amazing experience. LMNL is definitely a must see! I love places that are immersive and interactive, they're so much fun. Plus, you get to unleash your inner child. I highly suggest you ignite your senses and explore the human connection to art and tech at OneDome's LMNL and don’t forget to take snaps for the 'Gram along the way. Have you been to LMNL? I would love to hear what you thought, also let me know in the comments below what was your favorite room? As always, thank you so much for reading!

What: LMNL Onedome's Immersive Art Experience
Where: 1025 Market St. San Francisco, CA 94103
Open: Mon - Thurs: 4:00pm - 10:00pm 
Fri: Noon – Midnight 
Sat: 10:00am – Midnight 
Sun: 10:00am – 9:00pm
Price $33.00


  1. LMNL was such a great experience. The first room was definitely one of my favorite. I really enjoyed these photos.

    Juliana | Ohhjuliana

    1. Thank you! I agree, the first room is so beautiful and magical! I wish I could see it again!


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