this artwork is inspired by the ancient Peruvian culture of Chavín de Huántar. The psychedelic properties of the San Pedro cactus may have been what kick-started the complex Chavín civilization. Native to the Andean mountain range of South America, San Pedro (Saint Peter) cactus is so called because it is said to be the key that opens the gates of heaven. The plant has the potential to catalyze deep healing at many levels, both for individuals and societies.
“Of all of the ancient cultures I admire, that of Chavin amazes me the most. Actually, it has been the inspiration behind most of my art.”
- Pablo Picasso