“I could roll a joint the size of a house if I had all the material.” Tony Greenhand grew up obsessively sculpting with clay and wood. As his life took a more adult shape, he found himself looking for ways to incorporate his passion for creating forms into something he could do on a daily basis. Using what he had around him—cannabis and papers—he began creating joints simply to amuse himself. “I showed my friends my more intricate joints and they loved them,” Greenhand said. “That made me want to do it more.”
Eight years later, Greenhand has a huge following on social media and collaborates with cannabis companies to create bespoke joints. Greenhand’s newest project is the creation of a smokeable, seven-foot-tall Statue of Liberty that will hold 42 pounds of cannabis. To Greenhand’s knowledge, this joint will be the largest ever made. To construct the joint, he will first create a foam form in the shape of the Statue of Liberty and layer it in over 1500 king-sized papers.
“She’ll be six-and-a-half feet tall,” Greenhand explained, “the size of a person. I can fit inside of this thing.” Once the form is completely covered he will remove the foam from the paper, much like a snake shedding its skin. Likely the most complex part of the process will be moving the statue from his home studio, loading her onto a truck and then delivering her to the Chalice festival in California, where she is planned to be lit. The finished joint stands on a platform that contains a fan which will draw air through the joint to keep it alight. The joint, of course, will be lit from Lady Liberty’s torch. “With the fan assist on [the statue], even with 42lbs it can burn down in like 2 hours—it can be pretty fast. But no one has done this, so who knows. I smoked a 4.2lb watermelon joint, and just using our lungs we took it out in four hours.”
DOPE spoke to Greenhand the day before he was due to arrive at Chalice festival with the world’s biggest joint, and we received some less than encouraging news: “I had a break when moving her that is pretty bad,” Greenhand relayed. “She’s so tall I’m going to have to assemble her down at Chalice. I’m on my way down to California now and will need to jump on fixing it ASAP to make sure it is pulled off. Wish me luck.”
His luck didn’t improve, however. DOPE received an email from the disappointed Greenhand which simply said: “Bro, my car broke down and I didn’t make it to Chalice.” The message ended with a small yellow emoji that has melted into a puddle of its own tears. His Instagram feed showed a video of his car being looked at by a mechanic, lit by the flashing yellow lights of a recovery truck. Greenhand narrates the short video: “Bad news.”
In the pursuit of any ambitious goal, it is often through failure that the hardest lessons are learned. The construction of a joint as tall as a person is difficult to achieve, and the fragile statue being made of nothing but paper supported by cannabis makes it a nightmare to transport. But no one could have predicted it would be mechanical issues that would bring the project to an end. It was a wild ride, and we here at DOPE know that Greenhand’s work, in both failure and success, is always worth your attention. It will only be a matter of time before Greenhand finally lights Lady Liberty’s torch.
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