American minimalist artist Carl Andre once said, “Art is an intersection of many human needs.”
Illuminati Glass has found a way to combine many human needs into their intricate and creative water pipes. Utilizing art in water pipes is nothing new, but Illuminati is one of the companies that continually takes it to another level. From small, detailed sculptures in the chambers to spinning sprockets around the neck, Illuminati Glass is constantly finding new ways to add style to pipes full of the latest in percolation and recycler technology.
One of the signature designs throughout the Illuminati Glass collection is dripping honey. Many of the larger and mid-sized pipes have colored dabs of honey dripping down the neck just below the mouthpiece, as well as around the edges of the bowl. The use of honey on the outside of the pipes gives a sense of fluidity and continuity to an object that utilizes water as a major element in its functionality. It also acknowledges the smoothness of the hits these pipes produce.
Illuminati dab rigs are some their most popular items. Featuring a recycler system and detailed artwork on the outside of the pipes, it’s no wonder these are some of the most popular rigs on coffee tables across the country. It is the attention to detail that make these dab rigs so special. Clear glass skulls appear on several of the models and a beautiful honeycomb design accompanies small, colored honey bees on others. Eyes are on a number of their pipes, and whether they are demonic or transcendent, they are always realistic and impressive.
And of course, Illuminati Glass does not miss the opportunity to tip their cap to their namesake by offering pipes with the eye in the pyramid design on them. Several of these designs are made to glow in the dark.
For those of you not familiar with the elusive Illuminati, here is a quick explanation from our friends at Wikipedia:
“The Illuminati (plural of Latin illuminatus, “enlightened”) is a name given to several groups, both real and fictitious. Historically, the name usually refers to the Bavarian Illuminati, an Enlightenment-era secret society founded on 1 May 1776.”
In the modern era, the Illuminati are alleged to still exist in some form or another and “are often alleged to conspire to control world affairs, by masterminding events and planting agents in government and corporations, in order to gain political power and influence and to establish a New World Order.”
This name adds a sense of mystery to an already mystical brand. One series in the Illuminati line deals with time. In a single piece, the design of the pipes demonstrate the constructs of time as well as the deconstruction of the mechanisms of time, offering a reminder of the limitations we live within, while at the same time offering a glimpse into the concept of limitlessness. Their slogan explains exactly what Illuminati Glass is trying to do with their functional art: Elevate Your Mind to Inner Realms and Spaces of Higher Consciousness. And so far it’s working.
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Author Bio: Doug Mackar is a freelance journalist and sports columnist based out of Seattle, WA. He spends his free time exploring the back roads, State and National Parks of Washington on his 2003 Harley-Davidson Road King (except when it’s raining- then he’s playing chess, reading and writing novels). Originally from Cleveland, OH, Doug is a longtime cannabis advocate and was active in his time at The Ohio State University working for the legalization of industrial hemp and medical marijuana.