The Altar Of Intentions – by Daniel Strickland

Water is the most common element on planet earth. For the last 20 million years, it has surrounded, permeated, and bound all living things. Researcher, Masuru Emoto coined the term “Hado” to describe a unique elemental phenomenon. Hado is defined as, “… the intrinsic vibration pattern at the atomic level in all matter, the smallest unit of energy. Its basis is the energy of human consciousness.”

As a sacred space, the Altar of Intentions evinces the themes of both primal connection and the evolution of the human awareness.

Like us, water has a “memory.” Collections of water molecules — called clusters — have more than 440,000 information panels, each having its own, singular interaction with the environment. Experiments conducted at labs around the world have shown that water receives input — such as magnetic fields, light, or even the energy transmitted by our thoughts — and then makes molecular imprints of these inputs. In other words, water “perceives” and reacts to activities and emotions that occur in its vicinity. According to studies conducted by researcher Masaru Emoto, human emotions are one of the most powerful forces to influence molecular water clusters.


With this in mind, the Altar of Intentions invites you to experience water as a living divine element — an embodiment of how all things are connected. The water vortex within this installation captures the fundamental cyclical pattern of every force within nature, and in itself, creates a powerful energy field. By meditating on or directing one’s energy toward the water spiral, we have the power to change the structure of the water cluster.

With the collaboration of IHM Hado (Masuru Emoto) Institute, this project provides a completely unique experiment and experience for those viewing and interacting with it. Before the exhibition, samples of water will be collected and their crystalline structure photographed. During the exhibition, we will invite participants to direct their purest intentions into the water of this sacred altar, imbuing it with their dreams, aspirations, and emotions. Every day we will perform our water meditation ceremony.

After several days, additional water samples will be collected and their crystalline structure photographed. The changes in crystalline structures (before and after the exhibition) reflect how human consciousness can have an impact on our physical reality.

Through our vision of the beauty of the intention-infused water, we begin to truly and deeply see it as something not separate from us but instead a living, life-giving, and therefore divine cosmic partner. And knowing this, we have the opportunity to cease the destruction of this lifeforce, but instead, conserve and treasure it as the most precious force on Earth.

About the Artist

Daniel Strickland is a Brazilian artist with 17 years experience as an installation artist, stage designer, and architect. Daniel experiments with different disciplines, from shape to behaviors, utilizing the forces of nature as his biggest source of inspiration. The basis of his creative process is facilitating interaction with, or contemplation on, natural physical behaviors, inviting the viewer to see nature as the ultimate artist. His extensive experience with building large-scale art for global festivals mixed with his deep research on the forces that govern our existence results in highly interactive pieces that play with illusion and extraordinary phenomena. As a self-taught artist, Daniel has created projects using a wide variety of media and materials. Working with everyday materials like steel, wood, and bamboo to more unusual elements like water, fire, and magnets, his pieces invite a personal connection to the visible and invisible forces that drive our very existence. Seeking a deeper understanding of the energies that make up reality, the multiverse, and the mysteries of the existence, Daniel captures the mysteries of the cosmos through unique and singular features that comprise his creations.

“I see the universe as the ultimate art maker. I feel the forces of nature as the tools from the universe to create (beauty). Im convinced that life is the universe masterpiece. On the act of preserving life, we are working together with nature in the process of doing art. So we are the art as well as the artists.”

The Altar Of Intentions was first performed at the Burning Man art event in the USA, and awarded in galleries in Tokyo, Japan. The result of the experiment performed was presented at galleries in Venice, Italy and can be seen here: