Sensorio, a 380 Acre Experiential Space Bringing Together Art, Technology & Nature.
Currently under construction, “Sensorio” (a gift for the senses), is a 380 acre, experiential event and exhibit project being created in Paso Robles, CA. Paso Robles, home to 220 wineries is already a major mid-state California destination. Sensorio, located on Highway 46 East between Airport and Dry Creek roads is sure to enhance the area’s focus on music, wine, art and fantastic climate.
The indoor-outdoor attraction will have features inside with “mazes, optical illusions and things that are physical and not dependent on computers outdoors for a calmer and more intellectual experience. It wont be just walking through a nature garden or a botanical garden, it will integrate a lot of digital imagery, sculpture and different features that provide illusions as you walk through the park.
One such feature will guide patrons through an underground tunnel of digital trickery that simulates walking through rain, but you don’t get wet. The project is reminiscent of the famed Butchart Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia.
Ken Hunter — a co-owner of Hunter Ranch Golf Course, also on Highway 46 East — has been planning the project for years. The development also include a resort with a 200-room hotel, 80 guest casitas units, a conference center, café, and a wine center.
The first phase, scheduled to open May, 2019 will be a 15 acre temporary art exhibit created by internationally recognized artist, Bruce Munro, entitled “Field of Light”. The exhibit will consist of an array of over 58,800 stemmed glass spheres lit by fiber-optics, so that the landscape will be gently illuminated in multi-hued color-changing waves. Mr. Munro’s work has been exhibited in Europe and the United States. Currently, his art is on display in Uluru (aka Ayers Rock) in the northern Territory of Australia and in Jeju, South Korea.
The following two phases will be built over a 5-6 year period, and include an immersive, experiential attraction that will reflect the intersection of art, technology and nature and a hotel/conference center.