Although you may not have heard of him, visionary artist Alex Grey has been around the New York art world for more than 40 years, exhibiting his anatomically precise, psychedelic figure paintings at galleries in Soho and in Chelsea, where he and his wife Allyson (they met in 1975 while dropping acid) also ran an art space. The couple co-founded of The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (CoSM), a self-styled “church of Visionary Culture” in Wappingers Falls, New York, where they’ve lived since 2009, and where they run a bed and breakfast.
Now they’re undertaking a major project called Entheon, a sort of temple where “precious paintings, drawings, sculpture and moving images resonate with your highest states of consciousness,” according to their Kickstarter campaign, which has raised some $350,000 for the building. Far out? You betcha. Situated on a 40-acre plot, Entheon will be lavishly decorated with Alex’s relief sculptures, and will include a space dedicated to the artist’s collaboration with prog-metal band Tool. (There will also be a bookshop and a reliquary that will contain, among other items, the ashes of ’60s acid guru Timothy Leary.) Once completed, Entheon should do a fair job of blowing minds, even those that aren’t tripping balls. You can check out additional images below.