the international church of cannabis is a non-profit, community center and spiritual home for adults seeking fellowship through the consumption of cannabis. located in denver, the sanctuary, of sorts, — which opened its doors on 4/20/2017 — is ‘the first large gathering place in the world where those who consume cannabis in order to help achieve their spiritual goals may do so legally, and without fear.’

 

within the more than 100-year-old building, artist okuda san miguel has painted a prismatic mural on the ceiling depicting various animals, mythological figures, and motifs found throughout the natural world. 

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on the ceiling, okuda — drawing from his continued use of highly pigmented color and saturated shapes — has painted a dramatic display of geometrically configured animal faces, such as bulls and bears. the church’s rear wall, where visitors enter the space, is canvassed with two larger-than-life sized figures — one depicting a brick-like body, and the other bathed in colorful triangles. the dreamlike nature of these fantastical characters has been designed to suit the spiritual and surreal quality of this unique institution. 

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