This 20,000 Square Foot Immersive Art Environment Is Now Open In Santa Fe, New Mexico

Meow Wolf, a strong artist collective has opened the doors to a new immersive art environment. The House of Eternal Return is a 20,000 square foot role-playing installation located in an abandoned bowling alley in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The environment serves as a unique combination of art exhibition, fantasy world, jungle gym, and children’s museum where you are allowed to interact with anything and everything! On Meow Wolf’s process in creating this fantasy, open-world themed environment, Colossal has the details: 

“The group has long been inspired by monumental works of art,” Vince Kadlubek, one of Meow Wolf’s organizers, told Colossal. “But I think we are equally inspired by arcades, theme parks, Burning Man, grocery stores, nature—immersive spaces. At the heart of it we are probably most inspired by the forts we built growing up and certainly Nickelodeon, MTV, Jim Henson, Tumblr, and Twin Peaks.”

The creative process for creating such an involved experience took 18 months, in part because the installation and storyline were being built in tandem. “We had a team of six writers who had a specific story arc with specific plot points and characters, but much of the story elements were written from backgrounds of the objects and spaces that were being created,” said Kadlubek. “Our creative process is not top-down. It is lateral.”

image credit: via Colossal

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Meow Wolf is entrenched with gender discrimination and has utilized intimidation tactics to keep victims quiet. Luckily, a handful of victims have risen up and are taking Meow Wolf to court. Count me out on anything Meow Wolf.
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