Chad “Fez” Gaetz: Worlds Bergs
Ancient ice around the globe is retreating at alarmingly unequivocal rates. The aim of Worlds Bergs, Running Tap is to translate nature’s ice forms into informative sculptures impacting metropolitan densities through first person experience. Most people will never witness first hand what an iceberg looks like, how it shimmers, how it illuminates in hundreds of different shades of blue and white, therefore Worlds Bergs takes the stance to fabricate these forms and display to viewers around the world. This installation is a multitude of modalities from upcycling, material processing and welding, coupled with LED lighting technologies and computer programming. Running Tap is a collaboration between Alchemy Arts Collective and the Santa Barbara Hacker Space.
It’s easy to say that the earliest inspirations for Chad “Fez” Gaetz were his family and temperate environment. Often told to “go outside and play,” the forests and nature of the Pacific Northwest (USA) quickly became his comfort. Through early teachings of conventional construction practices, and an incredibly unconventional adulthood, Fez has basked in the sun’s rays in dozens of countries, soaking his eyes in the soul and spirit of culture around the world. He consistently states, Alaska is the place that will forever hold his heart, while Antarctica is the continent that holds him by the, ahem… well, has his heart too. Fez’s drive can be defined with little explanation. Make it large, interactive and jaw-dropping and he’d likely join any crew around the world. His works are of mixed medium and message. Not wanting to constrain to one sole material, he chooses to work in several realms. His works speak about connection to nature, our connections to one another, common ground, and beauty.