Skull Island worked as the design and fabrication team in collaboration with Minerva Company to create a stage for the Eclipse Festival in Oregon August 2017.
The Pawnshop is a speakeasy themed Tapas restaurant hidden in the SoMa District of San Francisco. Behind a crusty facade of a run down Pawn and Loan Shop, a vibrant and unusual dining experience awaits. Inspired by two different eras of architecture and interiors in Havana. The dining room clashes with the rich and decadent Tropical Deco theme of pre revolution Cuba, and the arrested decay of exquisite Spanish Colonial building fixtures, treasured but crumbling. Both striking reminders of the pages of history.
Visitors experience a truly unique introduction to an evening of fine dining. From the confusion upon entry, through a display case door, to another world. The Pawnshop is our most current masterpiece!
This magical wonder world is a collaborative effort of Skull Island and One Hat One Hand for a private event. Skull Island hand cut and painted a massive installation of UV reactive flowers. With a smattering of sizes and colors the largest measuring to 6 feet! This color saturated world sucks you in, distorting depth and eliminating scale.
Members of Skull Island join forces with the Cardboard Institute of Technology to build an earth building river-scape. The viewer traverses a swath of Americana intermingled with subterranean fantasy. Roadside attractions and inter-dimensional worlds grow within landscapes as large and small and hidden collide. Starring artists: Joshua Short, Robin Frohardt, Ben Burke, Caryl Kientz, Walker Babbington.
Tucked away in a steep canyon on the Feather River is the tiny town of Pulga, California. Its owner and caretaker Betsy invited us to come up and transform the forgotten schoolhouse into an intimate space for performance and gathering. It is an honor to be able to add to the legacy of this unique historical space in this magical little town.
Skull Island's founding members began working together during the creation of a collaborative project called "Splish: a Mermaid Masque" in New Orleans in 2015, described thusly:
The built environment of Splish is the collective vision of veteran installation artists, both homegrown, and from around the country. For inspiration, they draw from roadside tourist attractions like Florida’s Weeki Wachee Springs, as well as monster movies of the 1960s and 1970s. Splish uses the archaic form of the masque, a grand spectacle where the live audience is invited to interact directly with the costumes, scenery and story as it unfolds.
Once hooked, anything goes….
All casting is gender nonspecific. Performers include New Orleans drag phenom Neon Burgundy, Labanna Babylon and theater man human Ratty Scurvics; original live compositions performed by a house band led by Meschiya Lake. Original script is co-written by Ellery Neon and Jeff Stark. Featuring Artists; Sarrah Danziger, Sam Springston, Ellery Neon, Alanna Maureen Geare, Jade Brandt, Chelsea Wagner, Joshua Short, Courtney Lain, Paul Caulder and Andrew Schrock.
Remodeled on a shoe string budget. This installation is the combination of a dream team of builders, imaginative material repurposing, and a collective vision. The Sycamore is a private venue in Stockton CA
produced by TenSpace
After the Schoolhouse build, Skull Island has slowly added little touches about town. Making simple surfaces unique furniture pieces or thoughtful manipulations of light. These make overs were made with existing materials throughout the property. No shortage of inspirations..
Combined Carved foam sculpture and mural installation. The curious critter hops out of the mural and starts wiggling her way around the corner.
These characters were constructed entirely with repurposed materials. Scrap wood, beach balls, news paper, coffee bags, trash bags, shopping bags, and a collection of teddy bears. These props embodied the spirit of halloween, in disembodied bears.
Skull Island has had the pleasure of a continuing relationship with Lady Falcon Coffee Club. For several years now, we have added custom sign painting work to different trucks and fleet vehicles as well as sandwich boards and other elements.
Custom carved foam sculptures for a private client. I think the content speaks for itself…….
Larger than life cardboard sculpture of the head of a “Wolfspider”
This project was inspired by the colorful building blocks of our childhood. Both visually and physically stimulating. These colorful blocks are made to play!
This is a collection of my experiences. Over the years, when I traveled more for work, these adventures often co existed. My work and these projects are intertwined, they weave a rich tapestry of content. I have chosen to share these memories, to share this strange life.
If you hear music in these videos, it was played live in real time or edited on location in the back of a truck, or a compilation of sound collages made with the sound the camera recorded. Or something of that nature.
Ghost Train of Friendship- Ennio Morricone
…some featuring the music of: