Downtown Albuquerque has many amenities, but one thing it lacks is a large-scale mechanical roadrunner-like creature made out of repurposed materials and LEDs roaming the streets to the terror and delight of onlookers and bar-hoppers. This creature, dubbed “Cuckoo Beest” (“Beest” presumably from the Dutch spelling of the word “beast;” “Cuckoo” likely from its creators’ formative childhood involvement with Cocoa Puffs) is the dream of Kin Collective. They wish to construct a Cuckoo Beest and turn it loose Downtown accompanied by costumed puppeteers they call “Cuckoo Spawn” who will guide the creature around Downtown, likely answering questions and tying up traffic. “By day,” they say “the Cuckoo Beest will jaunt through the streets of downtown Albuquerque; by night, the Beest will transform into a spectacle of psychedelic movement and light.” To that end, 1415 Gallery (1415 Fourth Street SW) will host the project launch event SOMOS x KIN Collective: Prebirth on Friday, Aug. 9 from 7:30pm to 10pm. For more information about this free, all-ages event, see kincollective.art.