Right now in Santa Fe, New Mexico, there is a portal back to the 80’s owned by master world builder Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin. The purchase of an old bowling alley (complete with original carpet!) crossed with psychedelic local art collective Meow Wolf brings America a new destination that must be seen and crawled all over to be believed.
laundry room from your collective conscious nightmares – photo by leslieloudspeaker
through the fireplace
Starting out as a lonely house full of ennui and character building, you soon find yourself transported to space, a twisted treehouse, rooms devoid of color, underwater where the neon grows; every door, secret passage and public tunnel take you to a new world, each one more psychedelic and haunting than the last.
Meow Wolf treehouse
less balloon festival goers upstairs
the radio works
Meow Wolf power
Nothing like a good TV wall
Meow Wolf piano
The stage. They have cool concerts here, like Dan Deacon and Of Montreal. YES, PLEASE.
Chinatown at Meow Wolf
Not a secret passage, you will just get stuck in some 2×4’s
I happened to visit Meow Wolf right after the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival, and a lot of other balloners had the same idea. While downstairs was a bit of a madhouse, upstairs was just lovely due to skinny corkscrew staircases and vertical ladders making access more difficult. Despite the crowd, there were so many little rooms to explore that you could always find a serene little art nook to have for yourself.
Penthouse Magazine published some of my photos in their piece on Puff, Pass and Paint for the May Issue, and I think it’s the best thing ever. It was quite an adventure trying to track it down, I went into every creepy gas station on Colfax, Barnes & Noble, and even waited outside erotic store Romantix for the second they opened like some total weirdo. Then there was the guy that dropped the women’s bodybuilding magazine when I walked up on him at Wal-Mart (they don’t carry Penthouse). It’s easier to find nudie mags in the woods!