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Aku - Aku

By Timeless, 2021


Descending time’s rusted vacuum, where no transmission, codex or communiqué, no crumb of thought guaranteed segue. A face of stone speaks not once, not thrice, not five, the story shifts perpetually. Tales untold, a scheme unfolds till pages finely hewn wear thin. Tales of power and opposition intercede. Virtue, vice, vanity. Crime-filled chasms gape, while legends from the battle break of Liberty.


[With 3D printing, art collectors may now opt to have this message indelibly embossed into this sculpture’s any-sized replications as an indelible beacon for Liberty...]

Sculpting of wax maquette:

Winter, 2012-2013


Power Sculpting:

  • 2013: spring and summer: Sculpted with chainsaws and power tools and finish executed at Timeless Sculptures studios, Carson City, NV


Metamorphosis by Fire Inside:

  • 2013 Burning man, or Cargo cult, before The Temple, Tuesday, sunset till dawn



  • 2013: Burning Man Cargo Cult, Installation titled Annunaki Watch at 2:00 and Esplanade

  • 2015: Burning Man - late spring, to late winter, 2017: Tahoe Beach Retreat, Private showing, character in Liberty (R)evolution Returns

  • 2015: Burning Man, Carnival of Mirrors. With hardening finish, Installation Smoke n Mirrors, located close to The Temple

  • 2015: Displayed as entrance piece to San Francisco Decompression

  • 2015: Displayed at South Bay Decompression

  • 2015: Displayed at Sacramento Decompression

  • 2018: Burning Man, I, Robot, displayed with installation, Artifactual Intelligence next to The Temple

Extended showings:

  • 2015-2017: Tahoe Beach Retreat, South Lake Tahoe, Character in Liberty (R)evolution Returns, on the beach at Tahoe Beach from spring through early summer, then again fall, 2015 through spring, 2017. The later portion of that, the sculpture was moved into the plaza-grounds at that same facility

Public Record:

  • 2013: A photograph by noted photographer Scott London was included in Rolling Stone’s 25-picture Burning Man Album, the only art on fire to be included in that collection

  • 2016: Above mentioned photograph was published in the book “Burning Man, Art on Fire” (Race Point Publishing) coauthored by Larry Harvey with three other key players. The picture comprises the full page, opposite chapter 6, “Art Ablaze”, page 212.




  • Aku-Aku and Annunaki Watch met its metamorphosis by Fire Inside at this event. They mark the first such burns ever at Burning Man. Aku-Aku burned the first night, Tuesday  and Annunaki Watch the next.

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Background (Commission wood carvings):

Contact the artist: Matthew “Timeless” Welter / Tel: (775) 230-1718 

Location and mailing: 19163 Scotts Flat rd. Nevada City, CA 95959

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