“I don’t know exactly what it’s fully meant to be, but now that it’s almost finished, I’d like for as many people as possible to be able to come and experience it. It’s a work of livable art. No one will have seen anything like this because that’s what art is about. It takes you to another place and brings you all in. It will be available for film and photo shoots, weddings, and events. Artist Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona, Spain, Noah Purifoy right here in Joshua Tree, have both been huge inspirations to me. Their works change your perspective on life; you get a feeling that’s indescribable… I want people to feel that here.”
There is an unmistakable transcendence that takes place as you are engulfed in Hasson’s color pallet. This house, once a dilapidated meth house, has been transformed into everything that much of Joshua Tree’s art represents – the trifecta of color, light, and redemption. Staring into Patrick Hasson’s own portrait, you can see a man of great intensity, feathered in paint, reaching out to you with eyes and hands. One wonders if he is reaching out for help to pull him away from tethers that weigh him down, or if he is reaching out to invite you into his “Wizard of Ozzy” color sanctuary created with every fiber of his being. Perhaps it is both. If we learned anything from months of forced isolation, it is just how life enforcing connection and community can be. To save himself and others, Hasson has created a true wonder – an unprecedented sanctuary where creative minds can wander, and people can commune in colors powerful enough to dilate their souls. Its full potential is yet to be revealed.