Sazanov, the 4th Dimensional Space Whale... recently landed in the grassy hills above Santa Barbara, California. Lucidity Festival, one of our favorites if we do say so ourselves, encouraged the theme of 'Universe' this edition. So, we at Alchemy Arts extended the invitation to our furthest reaching relatives in the cosmos, and low-and-behold... Saz answered. 

Saz isn't just any old whale from the outer galaxies. He's a sophisticated, inter-galactic traveler equipped to carry other traveling folk on his back. Knowing full well that our atmosphere is infinitely different than others he's used to, his respirator pack was operational while he posed for hundreds of pictures and gave dozens of rides during his Lucid land-lubbing experience. If you met him at the gathering you may have noticed he was breathing heavily, even labored breathes, where smoke appeared. If so, please don't be concerned... he enjoyed his weekend, very much, and has returned to the cycle of life in the cosmos. 

If Saz were to visit you in real life, where would you see him? Where would you reccommend he go? Would you take him to meet your family? Or to your favorite garden? Bear in mind that a creature of this magnitude weighs 40 tons and can grow upwards of 50' in length!!! Not to worry though, he has magic powers and is virtually weightless as he goes... say the magic words and hitch a ride to the galaxy or have a visit from your favorite, sky-blue, 4th dimensional...


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Special thanks to the Lucid Family, Dana Glenn, Rishi 'Blaze' Dhiri , Art Zeis, Andrew Gerrard, Thea Rae, 'Ray Ray' Dixon, David Moore and Luke Holden for all your help in grounding this installation! 

Stay tuned for more creations going 'LIVE'!

Materials used:  In all reality this piece was created from 95% up-cycled materials.

3/16" rebar, 3/4" steel piping, light-weight fencing, and heaps of cardboard remnants. 

The first EVER 4th Dimensional Space whale in the flesh! 

The first EVER 4th Dimensional Space whale in the flesh! 

"On the cover of the Rolling Stone"

Well, we're not quite on the cover, but we did make a trickle in the always expanding world of documentation and internet. Our latest piece for Symbiosis Gathering was a blip on the Rolling Stone radar.

AAC's Psychedelic Sailfish at Symbiosis. 

AAC's Psychedelic Sailfish at Symbiosis. 

Alchemy Arts Collective was at it again creating what many refer to as the "psychedelic sailfish" for Symbiosis Gathering's fall equinox weekend festival. The AAC crew has referred to it's latest installation as "Arty", who lives half in and half out of the reservoir's cooling waters. Arty's installation stats are boasting a body nearly 130' long and antennae and flippers reaching to 30' tall.

This installation was very much a group collaboration between 7 of our crew. We repurposed a few hundred bamboo splits, bits of fabric, and a few miles of rope and twine to bring 2 environments to life.

Rolling Stone photographers were onsite and captured our new found friend admiring the shimmering lights of "The Front Porch" one evening. Many enjoyed the art and a select few exchanged their vows adding to the majestic nature of our cultures gatherings. 

All together our crew created 3 environments for the gathering including our 30' tall climbable lily flower, Arty the very. very scarry sea monster, and embellished the reception area to the healing space in collaboration with Oasis Bath House and Bamboo DNA. 

Collectively we are finding that bamboo splits never cease to amaze as they are incredibly shapely and sturdy building mediums.  

Rolling Stone photo by Tom Tomkinson at Symbiosis Gathering, fall equinox. Arty and The Front Porch

Rolling Stone photo by Tom Tomkinson at Symbiosis Gathering, fall equinox. Arty and The Front Porch