Last month in Tulum, backpackers rubbed elbows with billionaires, and egos were set aside for the love of art, music, food, and wellness—all tethered to a sustainable agenda. Art With Me*GNP united a melting pot of people to collectively raise awareness, devise solutions, and initiate action to protect the trending cultural enclave through one multi-faceted, funky arts festival. It was one hell of a mentally—and visually—stimulating week. Here, a glimpse inside the exclusive, inspiring event.
Eco-hotel Azulik's imaginative treehouse-turned-art-gallery was the site of a VIP cocktail party hosted by Art With Me*GNP's Founder, David Graziano, and Santiago Guggenheim—great-grandson of Peggy Guggenheim.
Brooklyn-based artist Alejandro Duran's visually striking environmental installation and photography project, Washed Up, showcased plastic waste from 58 nations across the globe along the Sian Ka'an Mexican coast. Duran's color-based sculptures and waste management advocacy earned him the festival's best social impact art award.
Daniel Popper captured the expansive perspective of the festival through this larger-than-life whimsical female warrior art installation on the beach.
A 80-foot structure built by James Digiorgio and an elaborate sonic kinetic Gamelatron built by the visionary Aaron Taylor Kuffner was set beachside. Festival goers were transported on a bed from one end of the sculpture to the other as a makeshift orchestra of vibraphones, drums, chimes, and gongs (inspired by Indonesian Gamelan music) enveloped them—a fantastical sensory experience.
Tatiana Trouve built this creative vortex where 250 pendulums descend from the peaks of a wood dome frozen in time by magnets underneath the floor. Viewings and immersive live-music meditation sessions were held in the space throughout the weekend.
Straight from Burning Man, the 37-foot interactive art installation, Illumina, landed in the heart of Tulum, allowing visitors to take part in an immersive three-minute meditation. Each individual's unique energies merged together to activate a mesmerizing light show.
Festival attendees and locals channeled their inner artist to collectively create this multicolored mural centered on the theme of love.
Guests dine in Azulik's bird nest bungalows with a sherbet sky sunset view.
The Tulum Treehouse on the beach was transformed into an otherworldly art presentation where Guernica Mexicana and Carlito Dalceggio entranced the audience with a three hour art, music, and dance performance.
Ana Lesly Murillo took the festival to new heights with an aerial silks class and performance at a loft nestled in the jungle at one of Tulum's environmentally conscious hotels, Ahau.