Summer Meltdown is honored to welcome the following artists and their installations to our 2018 event!

Axis Mundi

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About Axis Mundi
Axis Mundi is a geometric shrine in the form of a 6-sided gazebo, made entirely of LED lit, laser cut panels on the exterior, showcasing a forever random algorithm, breathing through different colors and patterns like digital stained glass. Our software features a forever random algorithm that features more possible color and pattern combinations than atoms in the universe. On the inside of the gazebo is a 3ft tall kaleidoscope featuring a globe of mirrored video playing custom designed footage of nature, space and microscopic growth. Paying homage to the space between micro and macro, Axis Mundi envisions the boundaries of our own microcosm of existence while exploring the possibilities of the undiscovered.

About the artists
Thirty Circles is a design collaborative in Portland, Or. We specialize in creating immersive laser cut art installations, storytelling through branding, & human centered design. We’re passionate about work that affects people’s perspective.

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Boris

About Boris
Our installation consists of a 12ft Pentakis dome that can roughly fit 4-6 people inside. Panels are built with acrylic and recycled wood and metal. An assortment of Arduino-controlled light strips are attached to the inner frame. Participants will sit inside the dome and control the lights by pressing and holding buttons affixed to a giant mushroom constructed from fiberglass. The colors and patterns of the lights are affected by the combinations of buttons pressed by the participants inside, so trial and error and discovery is encouraged in order to see all of the patterns we plan to incorporate.

About the artist

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As an artist, my goal is to be a channel for experience, to interpret and share ideas through a variety of media. My desire is that the work I create will resonate with people, and contribute to a sense of unity through my interpretation of the intangible aspects of human experience. I want my art to help bring people together, because what we can achieve together is exponentially greater that what we can accomplish alone. I want my art to empower others and challenge the notion that we are alone, insignificant and small.

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Cloud Forest

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About Cloud Forest
The ‘Cloud Forest’ installation incorporates light projection and LED lighting intertwined with elements of nature to create an immersive environment within the forest. Hanging in the trees are lanterns with custom controlled RGB LED lights, surrounded by a cotton fiber substance, resembling clouds. I propose creating about 15 of these clouds in varying in sizes, to be strung up on branches above the reflecting pool. The pool of water will set a top an artificial tree stump, and within the tree stump will be a projector, which will project custom made hypnotic visuals with fish and other aquatic animals. People are welcome to touch the water as well as the stump. The projector will need to sit in a hole dug about 4 feet deep, which will be inside the hollow tree stump. Glowing mushrooms will line the edge of the stump, and they will also double up as stakes to stake down the stump to assure it doesn’t accidentally move around.

About the artist
Hannah Selene (Gabr): Hannah Selene is a Seattle-based visual and graphic artist, and the founder and creative director for WAVES. She works in a variety of mediums, including 2D art, photography, sound-reactive sculpture,”VJ” video-jockeying with original videography via projection mapping, and various graphic design projects including the design and branding for WAVES. Combining her love of intricate patterns, color, and abstract forms with realistic illustrations of various subjects, her artwork has eye-catching psychedelic and surreal vibe. She aspires to get her undergraduate degree in digital art and animation.

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Consumption

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About Consumption
I would like to install 75-100 recycled plastic jelly fish for use of art, selfies, education, and inspiration. I’ve currently created 20 jelly fish (see photo) made from recycled vinyl records, plastic bags, plastic fruit containers, and fish wire. The installation is exciting to look at and interacts well with the elements, including solar powered LED lights for nighttime use, but it also helps us to see how much plastic we consume. The jellyfish themselves are a representation of where our plastic ends up and who that’s impacting. Vinyl records cannot be recycled and once they are scratched they are rendered useless to collectors and second hand stores thus ending up in a landfill. All these supplies have been either found in the trash, purchased at the habitat for humanity restore, or saved after my own use and consumption.

About the artist
Paying homage to nature down to a molecular level, Kali Deno creates imagery to uplift and engage the viewers eye. With the use of plastic, yarn, and repurposed vinyl records, Kali aims to give artistic purpose to something otherwise found in the trash, landfill, or ocean. Each piece is created with meaning and depicts the creatures directly impacted by the overconsumption of plastic. These installations intend to inspire us all to find new purpose for the plastic we purchase.

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Danny Stephens Live Painting

About Danny’s Live Painting
My installation is simple in nature, in that it is me live painting throughout the festival, with a 10 x 10 pop-up canopy tent where I have walled originals, prints, as well as space to provide for other painters to display their work.

About the artist

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I left Mississippi in 2010 to persue adventure which led to a degree in art from the University of Utah in 2015 after traveling around the west. My initial interests were in impressionism but through my own spiritual and intellectual development discovered visionary art. This led to a life in Portland, Oregon with my wife and child where I focus on mostly painting, both in the studio and live at shows. My aim is to evoke curiosity, both in what we have put theories to as well as what we can’t yet formulate into language.

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Dream Net

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About Dream Net
I could build a Dream Net in the trees at Summer Meltdown. I have in previous years (6 altogether) built nets in the trees near the edge of the main amphitheater area, with main stage view. It became quite the landmark. I have recently moved back to western Washington, and have an available window in my build schedule at that time. In February the Nets were highlighted on national television for the second time and the build schedule has begun to fill quite rapidly. I propose to build one large net, low to the ground so there will be no injury if someone were to roll out of the installation. Materials used in the process are overkill for the project, and load limit exceeds 10 thousand lbs. I have heard that there is another late-night stage in the forested area, more near the river.. this may be another potential location for the Dream Net installation.

About the artist
The Dream Nets are site-specific, tensile tree-platforms. Each one is woven on site, and in place. -A safe and tactile play-space and inspired tree fort, for children and adults. They are the combined inspiration of: dream catchers, macramé, hammocks, crochet, and spider-webs. -But on a much larger scale. Recently Dream Nets were highlighted on Treehouse Masters.

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Flight

About Flight
I am a live painter with a different take on live artist performance. My performance acts as both a performance and an art installation. I make my pieces as a show during the day, and use dynamic lighting at night to showcase the work I’ve completed. I would like to come and do a piece consisting of two 8ftx4ft pieces that I would paint over the four-day festival. I would perform while the sun is up and light the pieces when it goes down. The piece I’m planning for Summer Meltdown will be ambitious and bring together my abstract style and my psychedelic surrealist style to make a work that I have not yet done for another event.

About the artist

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My artistic work consists of two distinct styles that function in tandem to explore the concepts I approach. Static, two-dimensional painting limits the amount of information and experience that an artist can relay. My salute to this is embodied in the two perspectives that I take in my work. One of these captures the story or specific message in a moment, and the other follows the undefined and less specific feelings or ideas that an event can carry. I’ve developed these two distinct styles to convey these two sides of my thinking.

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Galactic Pyramids

About Galactic Pyramids
My team and I want to set up three 12 foot pyramid frames. Each place will be adorned with an organite pyramid cast and fused with quartz crystals, gold leaf, and copper LEDs as a source of light. Each space will be decorated with materials from the surrounding areas (i.e rocks and fallen leaves and twigs). A mural of a galaxy will be placed at the base of each pyramid, for people to see the depths of space as a portal formed on the ground.

The intention is for the pyramids to serve as a beacon to the late night tent, a portal for the metaphysical, as well as serve as a space for people to calm their mind and recenter. These installations are meant as spaces to reflect and emerge with bright new energy and light. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves, “I am what I am. What I am is enough.”

About the artist

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I’ve focused my efforts towards exploration and reflection: expanding consciousness, while exploring territories unknown to me, and trying to figure out what it means to be a human “just” being. Taking a step back, acknowledging the flow of life and humanity’s role in it. As a PNW artist, I’ve enjoyed most my years along the Columbia River. Today, I live in Magic, my converted bus. My role as an artist is in one aspect creating artifacts for the future to look back on, to discover. What will the beings of the future find in the ruins we set today?

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Jeremias Lentini

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About The Art

Consists of a primary “Mission Control” panel that has 16 buttons arranged and displayed as if it’s an intergalactic control board for a space ship. Each button on the “keyboard” corresponds to a different function that controls the main lighting display, or the lights on the panel itself. The light display is a set of modules, each consisting of 6 “orbs”. Each orb contains 3 hidden buttons – these buttons interrupt the lighting signal from the mission control panel and cause the orb to light differently based on what serious of the hidden buttons have been pressed on that individual orb. There will be a total of 30 orbs on 5 modules, with a lit art piece in the middle of each module. The entire piece is made to be touched, explored and played with.

About the artist

Jeremias was born in Argentina. While growing up in Pergamino (Buenos Aires province), he studied theatre and created independent movies. After finishing high school, Jeremias moved to the city of Buenos Aires to continue his studies and to work on films and advertisement. He graduated as a special effects technician at Escuela FX. He relocated to the United States in 2012 and studied figurative sculpture with Michael Magrath at the Gage Academy of Arts. His interest for the fine arts grew fast and he started experimenting with different mediums, trying to find his own voice. Jeremias’ artwork includes multimedia sculpture, installations, and performances. He is currently based in Seattle, WA, where he teaches sculpture at the Gage Academy of Arts.

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Magical Music Petting Zoo

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About Magical Music Petting Zoo
Our hands-on instrument petting zoo is a magical experience for people of all ages! Violins, violas, cellos, guitars and ukuleles are available for musicians and non-musicians to play. Our team of magical musical experts will guide you to how to make sounds with the instruments even and especially if its your first time! The instrument petting zoo aims to inspire creativity, put music into the world, and create joy. Come check out our booth for a magical musical experience!

About the artist

“Music is what feelings sound like.” Katie Jane is a prolific violinist in the Portland / Vancouver area. As a performer and teacher she aims to spread joy through music for listeners, students, and festival attendees alike. Katie Jane is known for her infectious energy and unceasing smile. Her energetic musical performances and creative teaching style encourage dancing, uncontrollable joyfulness, and confidence in oneself. Katie Jane’s Magical Music Petting Zoo has been a dynamic part of her goal of sharing the joy of music and inspiring creativity in kids and adults alike..

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Orbital Garden

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About Orbital Garden
Consists of a primary “Mission Control” panel that has 16 buttons arranged and displayed as if it’s an intergalactic control board for a space ship. Each button on the “keyboard” corresponds to a different function that controls the main lighting display, or the lights on the panel itself. The light display is a set of modules, each consisting of 6 “orbs”. Each orb contains 3 hidden buttons – these buttons interrupt the lighting signal from the mission control panel and cause the orb to light differently based on what serious of the hidden buttons have been pressed on that individual orb. There will be a total of 30 orbs on 5 modules, with a lit art piece in the middle of each module. The entire piece is made to be touched, explored and played with. As people explore the panel and the orbs, they will begin to discover how it operates and where the hidden buttons are on the orbs – with the control panel and thirty interactive orbs, up to 31 people can control the lighting display at a single time. The program that dictates what the buttons do will change over certain time periods – so someone who thinks they have mastered it at one point, will find on later on it operates entirely different. We are building this to be 100% weather proof, all from steel and 3D printed PLA compostable plastic.

About the artists

Morgan Ferry is a software engineer. Terrance Wirsching is a manufacturing engineer. Together we bring creativity in art and science. We have been attending Summer Meltdown for close to ten years and were inspired by the festival itself to make this project specifically to invite exploration and have fun. Interests: Fun, Music, Electronics, industrial design, metal work, plastics engineering and software engineering. For years we have wanted to contribute something to the festival that has given so much to us and are very excited for the opportunity to give something in return.


Planet Art Play Space

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About Planet Art Play Space
“Planet Art Play Space is an all-ages interactive art installation and permaculture playshop space that invites creative exploration at the intersection of celebration, sustainability, artistic expression, and community. Activities will range from collectively producing “upcycled” art pieces (made from trash, natural and found materials), to permaculture downloads, exploratory play prompts, embodied movement practice, to spontaneous salons (a safe space to hold conversation and to integrate learning). The intention is to have an array of ongoing creative projects building over the course of the festival, whilst also allowing the booth to serve as a place of education that is engaging to multiple learning styles. Planet Art Play Space is a place of refuge, and connection to nature.

The booth will be stocked with art supplies, tables, rugs, seeds, potting soil and paint to paint your pot, inspirational art, and images of earth honoring and regenerative practices. It will be centered around a 10 X 10 structure and expand outward into adjacent nature space under trees and on grass… [The ideal location for PASP would be adjacent to the kid’s area!] Planet Art Play Space is a place to paint your inner cosmos on a canvas of your choosing, dip your toes in the dirt, and experience “Aha” moments — a place that invites participants to explore, ground and integrate the transformative energy of the Festival!”

About the artists

Clare: of Clareity Expressions ignites integrative, expressive embodiment through arts, play, and Earth centered practice. A Fairhaven College student, Whatcom Museum Family Interactive Gallery associate, and social practice artist, she brings community into exuberant unity through co-leadership and authenticity. Her style is holistic, transdisciplinary and go with the flow.

Bruce: of global eco-endeavors, board member of local non-profits, presenter at multiple festivals including Envision, Oregon Country Faire, and Summer Meltdown, Bruce Horowitz has a master’s degree in Sustainable Community and is a Certified Permaculture Teacher. Currently he stewards La Semilla Urban Farmstead and heads RIPE Landscapes Design/Build in Bellingham.

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Shine Bright

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About Shine Brite
Geo Shine is an interactive installation inspired by the 1980’s “Lite Brite”. Geo Shine will be a 8’ diameter circle light box made of galvanized steel. The face will have a hexagon grid to inspire geometric patterns, similar to those found in music and nature.
432- 500 ml reclaimed plastic water bottles create the “pegs” and pixels to the imagery. These are filled with colored water and inserted into the grid. White light refracts through the colored water illuminating the bottles and ephemeral designs. To add dimension and magic, the RGB LED light strips change color, fade, flash, and are reactive to music. I have selected materials made to withstand the elements of a pacific northwest festival.
In 2016 I developed a prototype from scrap construction materials. Now with the experience of that version I understand what is necessary for a beautiful, durable and transportable project. My hope is to create a space that is playful, fun and encourages interaction for everyone who passes by.
(432 is considered sacred in a majority of the major temple complexes of this planet.)

About the artist
Rose’s passion lies in creating places and experiences that inspire people to love where they are. Through creative placemaking and community connections she believes we can create resilient, sustainable cities. Rose obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Planning and Environmental Policy from Western Washington University, is a LEED Accredited Professional and a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor. She is continually energized by the innovation and creativity in our community and is committed to helping Bellingham create spaces that transform, nourish, and reflect the beauty of our place.


Summer Meltdown Tiny House

About Summer Meltdown Tiny House
We have built a number of tiny houses, and a few of them are works of art. The tiny house movement is incredibly popular right now, and we would like to bring one to the festival. People are welcome to take tiny tours and ask questions about the building process. We are a nonprofit that builds tiny houses for people in need. We would like to share the downsizing movement with as many people as we can.

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Isaac Vicknair: Founder of Seattle Tiny House University, Science Night at the Palladium and Adult Summer Camp. Isaac is a multi-platform artist and builder currently working on Tiny Houses, Tree Houses, and Earthships.

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The Galaxacombs

About The Galaxacombs
The Galaxacombs are scaleable series of fiber optic hexagons that hold the power to captivate while you explore their wonder. The Galaxacombs encourage a hive of activity and inspire visitors to touch, play, and bask in the wonder of their dancing fiber optic light. The pods of each comb are filled with subtle light from 7 fiber optic fountains that are powered by a custom built inductive charging platform that transfers energy via an electromagnetic field. The same technology used in wireless charging stations allows each fountain of light to morph through the color spectrum while gently vibrating in unison with each neighboring display.

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Representing MIND at LARGE, Far Out Designs, Soular Society artists Reed Ferris, Tyler Webb, Will Hyde, & Zack Olson collaborate to bring you The Galaxacombs

Far Out Designs is an interactive arts studio based out of Seattle, WA that specializes in the design, production, and installation of sensory-rich, temporary environments and spaces. Using a combination of LED lighting, fiber optics, programmable microcomputers, reclaimed wood, metal, and other essential building materials, Far Out aims to connect people through art.

MIND at LARGE is an artist and DJ collective based out of Seattle, WA. The MIND team is a collaborative and fluid force that works together across a multitude of mediums and artistic outlets – everything from curating events to building large scale interactive spaces and installations, as well as supporting an exciting roster of DJs from the PNW. You may have seen their work displayed previously at Summer Meltdown (The Fractal Fountain, 2016) and other events throughout the West like What The Festival, Trail Mix, and Burning Man.

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The Orbitron Ride

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About The Orbitron Ride
The Orbitron is a 3 ring steel object that holds 1 rider while their feet are buckled into snowboard bindings. The rider controls their own movements to some extent, and the operator can provide more swing or less as the rider requests. Riders will experience a core workout while trying to gain momentum within the 3 steel rings that move interdependently. This is a great experience for adults and children, but it is the children who line up to ride it over and over again. And the parents are ever so thankful that their kids have found something physically and mentally challenging at a festival. Hence, the kids play and so do the parents!

About the artists
The Orbitron Ride can be experienced by anyone from age 5 – 95 and under 350 lbs. The Orbitron was created by NASA to assist astronauts to experience the effects of zero gravity while creating a core workout. The Orbitron operators love sharing this experience and can accommodate every type of rider, over and over again as they please 🙂