Joining forces with the Symbiosis Family, Alchemy Arts Collective has traveled to the furthest reaches of North Queensland for the inauguration of “Art in Bloom,” a roving art package consisting of otherwise hibernating sculpture art from North America’s beloved festival circuit.
First stop, Brisbane. It’s true American Style to come out swingin’, so we did, and our obnoxious trio took Brizzy by storm! To be in the car with the crew one wouldn’t know whether it better to poop, go blind, or take cover! Screaming, pointing and laughing were our only constants in the land of flavored breakfast tar (Vegemite), astonishingly expensive everything and, my personal favorite, eye–popping blooms of violet Jackaranda.
Our primary objective before adventuring to the Eclipse Festival Grounds led us nearest the container village on the outskirts of town. Our collective heartbeat calmly sustained as we cracked the creaking doors to an impressively preserved container. Active ingredients include 2 fire-breathing flowers, 1 mid-evil flower twin and Sphae (a towering installation of enormous color-changing cotton balls) from Michael Christian, AAC’s climbable lily flowers and a ship-load of materials from One Hat One Hand in SF. The shocker gift thus far was a 20 foot container of bamboo imported from Bali, all inclusive with lovely white and black mold… let’s just say it wasn’t the worst we’ve ever seen.
As fast as jet-laggingnly possible we transferred the contents of our “new world” into a rugged 35’ box truck and 20’ open-air trailer. All went swimmingly against the foreboding “TICK, TOCK” of Father Time to fit 9 tons of $&!@ in an 8 ton container… that is until we found the truck, DAYS LATER, stranded on the upward slant of an incline, in the middle of desolate Northern Queensland, slowly shriveling in the peak hours of life scorching sun, unable to keep trudging to site!!!! What did the intrepid team of brilliant minds do to overcome this earthshattering experience you ask?!?!?!?!?!?!?
Tune in to our next post to hear the tale as it’s told first hand by the survivors!