Lysergic acid diethylamide, better known as LSD or acid, is a strong psychoactive substance that enters the user into a euphoric state that enhances the senses, emotions and mental thought. LSD is known for its ability to open the mind of the user into somewhat of a psychedelic universe, accompanied by ever changing visual abstractions and an expanded consciousness. Albert Hoffman, a chemist from Switzerland, first synthesized this psychedelic drug in 1938. In 1943, he decided to take a second look at the substance, noticing minor mind-altering properties after small amounts of the substance had seeped through the skin of his fingers. After realizing the drug’s powerful conscious-shifting capabilities, he decided to take a full dose of LSD on April 19, 1943. Hoffman describes his experience, “... little by little I could begin to enjoy the unprecedented colors and plays of shapes that persisted behind my closed eyes. Kaleidoscopic, fantastic images surged in on me, alternating, variegated, opening and then closing themselves in circles and spirals, exploding in colored fountains, rearranging and hybridizing themselves in constant flux..." As Hoffman’s mind spiraled through the changing visions of LSD, motor vehicles were prohibited on the roads due to war, and he was forced to be taken home by bicycle. Since this first induced hallucinogenic adventure, April 19 has become known as Bicycle Day in celebration of the creation of LSD and the psychedelic experience for mankind.
From April 19th at 8 p.m. to April 20th at 12 a.m. the first-ever Bicycle Day Weekend will be held in San Francisco, California at The Regency Ballroom for 2014. This weekend-long celebration is being hosted by the very well-known artistic and spiritual figures Alex and Allyson Grey- the founders of the Chapel of Mirrors in New York. This new-age spiritual gathering was inspired by a vision the Grey’s shared on an acid trip in 1985, and is known as a “sanctuary of spiritual renewal through contemplation of transformative art.” The Chapel showcases Alex Grey’s 1976 artwork entitled “Sacred Mirrors”, expressing the interconnectedness of all beings. Together, Alex and Allyson engage in the creation of many contemporary art forms conveying the spiritual, the psychedelic, and the visionary. Their artwork encompasses a focus on sacred geometry representing the fundamental aspects of time and space and the linking of the universe.
Bicycle Day Weekend will embrace the fundamentals of Alex and Allyson’s collective mentality encouraging enlightenment through art, the unifying force of love, and sacred expression. This two-day event will feature three floors of art and music from the likes of artists such as Gramatik, Mimosa, Lotus, Exmag and more. With custom stage designs, interactive art installations, a tea lounge, live sculpting, stone carving, and local vendors, Bicycle Day Weekend is guaranteed to portray the very elements of expression celebrated by LSD. Alex Grey and Allyson Grey will also be demonstrating live paintings, in addition to Mars1, Sam Flores, Damon Soule, and more. Tickets for this one-of-a-kind magical event can be purchased here: http://www.theregencyballroom.com/events/detail/249047. Bicycle Day Weekend can be celebrated by those who are 18+ and is guaranteed to fulfill all of the conscience expanding visual aspects of Albert Hoffman’s scientific creation, LSD.
Written By: Andrea Inscoe