The inspiration and symbolism behind “Diver UP” refer to the Age of Aquarius, where metamorphosis and spiritual awakening lie in the air. The combination of an industrial helmet juxtaposed against the feminine form in its purest state highlight the contrast of man-made versus Mother Earth. The motif shows the Goddess freeing herself of the controlling force that has been imposed on her, a metaphor for society, history and mankind. The intention of “Diver UP” is to open up a conversation about a new world of equality and, within that, the divine feminine goddess celebrating womankind and mankind in unison. A beautiful new world that invites/allows/accepts/celebrates everyone for their individuality as part of the NOW.
I created the Original image of Diver UP on the magical Isle of Ibiza, in 2005. The connection between Ibiza and Burning Man is a very beautiful and spiritual one. Both with their own cacophony of pirates, merrymakers, hippies, and all other sorts of funny little earthly beings.
The 2019 Burning Man Diver UP was made from wood at 8 feet and we torched her on ‘The Mans' ashes after he burned. This was a metamorphoses of sort because now we are planning to bring her back to Burning Man in 2020 as a giant 24 + foot interactive steel structure.
Please stay tuned and please donate if you wish to be a part of this vision of mine. The donation buttons are on the bottoms of the page below.
With deep appreciation,
Victor Spinelli :)
Shown here is the Bronze (Edition of 33). The Bronze with 24K Gold plating (Edition of 12). A Bronze with a Pure Silver plating (Edition of 12). A bronze with a Chrome plating. (Edition of 33). The Burning Man Diver UP on fire.
Following are some resin pieces plus a few of my painted commssions with different backgrounds and flags. I have been commissioned to paint about 30 different national flags with Diver UP. Thy’re hanging all across the planet.. :)