The Ideal Dome Exhibition was conceived as a way to combine LEDfantastic's wealth of knowledge with the relaxed, welcoming atmosphere that Weirdigans famously provides. The Ideal Dome can travel to festivals as a solo feature, or alongside the Cafe.
organic-yet-geometric temporary structure - carpeted and
beautifully-lit (of course) - which provides an ideal space for
showcasing LED lighting, sharing knowledge and relaxing.
Small geodesic domes are simple and cheap to build and transport (compared with other temporary structures such as tipis and yurts). Our dome was built by Em Weirdigan, on a tiny budget, 12-years ago and remains impressively strong and cosy. The whittled hazel poles and water-pipe joints still attract attention and admiration... part of the purpose of the dome is to inspire people to build their own aesthetically-pleasing, long-lasting structures rather than buying flimsy plastic tents and gazebos; Em has uploaded instructions for making a dome like hers and is happy to discuss techniques.
LEDs are on show inside and outside the dome - at night it looks like a very pretty UFO has landed!
We can custom-design a low-energy-lighting masterpiece for you, demonstrate the cutting-edge technology we've acquired and share our tried-&-tested ways of wiring up 12-volt lighting systems that are beautiful, functional and very, very energy-efficient. For enthusiasts we can supply LEDs and electrical gubbins (wire, resistors, switches... right up to solar panels and batteries).
Learning, Debating & Creativity are encouraged at the Ideal Dome.
Chatting, gentle acoustic-music-playing, evening fire-gazing, meditating, skill-sharing, crafting, body-painting, cooking and political/philosophical debate may all be encountered in the space. We like to provide thought-provoking literature and artwork as well as a safe and friendly festival haven. Sustainability and alternative living are favourite topics...
Here's a letter we received from an Ideal Dome enthusiast:
"I spent the entire festival (Alchemy) looking at the geodome
from the outside as I was camped almost opposite, until I finally got
up the courage to go over and ask what it was all about. I was very