The vibrant art alone is worth a visit to the Church of Cannabis
When people think of cannabis culture, their minds tend to veer toward stereotypes like smoking apparatuses, giggling, and “the munchies.” But the International Church of Cannabis in Denver wants to show the world that cannabis culture is about so much more.
The Church of Cannabis opened just over three years ago on April 20, 2017. Its congregants say they are celebrating the richness of “the sacred plant,” and that includes the art of the cannabis culture. A tour of these hallowed halls — which will resume once the COVID-19 shutdowns are behind us — reveals a unique artistic experience that can open minds and hearts to new forms of sensory and intellectual stimulation.
A celebration of Spanish artist Okuda San Miguel
Found between Baker and Wash Park in Denver, the Church of Cannabis boasts a stunningly gorgeous set of murals. Bold, geometric, and technicolor shapes cover almost every centimeter from the ceiling to the walls. They display the mastery and signature style of Okuda San Miguel, the highly revered Spanish artist responsible for the building’s surrealist interior.
Also known as the Michelangelo of cannabis, Okuda’s work blends seamlessly with the church’s belief that meditation and artistic expression are the future of spiritual life.
Furthermore, legendary LA artist Kenny Scharf helped deck the walls with rainbows, showing off the panache one would expect. Scharf is best known for his images of pop culture icons. Plus, caricatures of middle-class Americans surrounded by apocalyptic science fiction. Such a unique flare shines through the work he’s done for the Church of Cannabis.
Combining visual arts and music
Visitors to the Church of Cannabis take an immersive journey through the facility. The tour employs projection mapping, captivating murals, laser lights, and audio displays.
The guided meditation will have visitors encountering a planetarium-style, laser light show. It features classic rock anthems from The Doors, Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Jefferson Airplane.
This beautiful, psychedelic music makes the compelling visuals created by the projection map technology and custom visuals even more mind-expanding. When striking the right chord, the music paints its own transcendent picture, adding previously unseen depth to the already illuminating artwork.
It’s an experience that promises sensory bliss, taking visitors on a one-of-a-kind path to art appreciation. At the Church of Cannabis, the surrealist interior and gorgeous façade encourage visitors to appreciate art at a heightened, spiritual level.
The Elevationists invite anyone to stop by their place of worship and experience its true beauty and power for themselves.
The Church of Cannabis is temporarily closed, but will reopen when it is safe to do so. When it opens, regular tours will resume. The church offers guided meditation and laser light experience from 1- 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and from noon-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Each tour starts promptly at :20 past the hour. Learn more at Elevationists.org.