We are building a large-scale, interactive art project that combines a triple spiral labyrinth with the transformative aspects of shamanic initiation. In simpler terms, it's art that is fun, that can also serve as a mystical experience. Want to have a fun or cool experience interacting with art out in the desert? East Jesus is probably where you want to be anyway, and the Shamanic Labyrinth is worth checking out. Want to do something that might spur you to grow on a spiritual level? Come walk the labyrinth!
The purpose of the piece, ultimately, is to have a permanent installation that people can use to create a mystical experience for themselves, or to have an interesting experience, or to appreciate giant art in, essentially, the middle of nowhere.
The core members of the team are 'Natara and Celina. Angie and Erin have also been involved in a large portion of the planning, but had to step away from the project. We come from diverse backgrounds, and together we bring a strong background in neo-shamanism, teaching, large-scale art, project management, and personal transformation. We're each in it for our own reasons, you can watch the IndieGoGo video to hear us talking about it in our own voices.
The project creates positive, powerful, personal change for everyone who has gotten involved. Our society lacks opportunities for visceral, mystical experiences that don't require drugs or years of study, and we don't always remember to celebrate our transformational experiences. We also have found that the local communities and schools don't have a lot of contact with interactive art, so this will fill a real and present need.
The project will be open to the public and self-guided. The opportunity to use it as a resource for workshops, of course, exists, but we wanted to create something that people could access when they need to and when they want to. When people process their experience in the after-care area, whether through art or words, they will be adding to the richness of the project, and others will benefit from those who came before them.