"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

Burning Man... A Bonding Experience

As far as debuting large-scale sculpture art, Burning Man is responsible for supporting dozens of projects each year. So we went, and we brought our larger of the two lilies to share with the community. Setup was swift, with many hands to help. The Artery and Heavy Equipment provided great support with machinery when we needed it, within reason of course as they had an entire city to support.

One day in the midst of a sand-storm an interaction occurred to set the precedence of our burn. Suspended Animation, a bondage camp from Seattle crossed paths with one of our crew and commented on how they’d like to rig some people to the flower… 

The photos you see above were taken by photographer Aaron Dorr of Los Angeles. Not only did we suspend 9 people from “Evalyn”, but we tied the creator to it and let him dangle a while.