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Meow Wolf Gets Even Cooler

Just wanted to give the locals... and anyone passing through the Land of Enchantment... the heads up that Meow Wolf is open again. The attraction was closed from January 17 to February 1, alas, but for all the best reasons. Not content to rest on their (by now considerable) laurels, the amazing Meow Wolf collective decided to make the House of Eternal Return even cooler by adding some new rooms and revamping some old ones. So now there are even more secrets to uncover and portals to explore.

Come check it out.



It's been an amazing year for Meow Wolf, by the way... less than a year, actually, since we're still a month and a half shy of our first anniversary. You always hope for success when starting any new project, and when the project is as new and different and creative as this one, you cross your fingers and mutter a prayer to whatever deities you believe in. A year ago, as the Meow Wolf artists were madly pushing to finish everything before the scheduled opening, the hope was that we would be able to draw 100,000 visitors to the attraction every year. If we managed 150,000, that would have been occasion for celebration. Well, Meow Wolf hit that mark within the first three months, and by now, some ten and a half months since the opening, more than 400,000 people have visited the House of Eternal Return.

If you're not one of them, hey, you don't know what you're missing. Meow Wolf has become the most Instagramed place in New Mexico, surpassing even White Sands, Carlsbad Caverns, and the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. And the reviews on TripAdvisor and Yelp will blow your mind.



There has been all sorts of incredible recognition as well, even beyond the excitement and pleasure of all our visitors (especially the kids). In November, Meow Wolf won a THEA Award from the Themed Entertainment Association. https://meowwolf.com/2016/11/meow-wolf-wins-thea-award/ They will be collecting that in April at Disneyland. And the American Institute of Architects in Santa Fe voted Meow Wolf an award as well, for its fusion of art and architecture. http://www.aiasantafe.org/2016

It pleases me to observe that Meow Wolf is also reaching out to help other artists. Most recently, in the wake of the tragic Ghost Ship fire in Oakland that claimed the lives of 36 people, Meow Wolf has announced a hundred thousand dollar fund to help DIY (Do It Yourself) art and music spaces improve their venues and bring them up to code, so that horrors like the Oakland fire need never recur http://www.bizjournals.com/albuquerque/news/2016/12/13/meow-wolf-starts-fund-for-diy-artists-in-response.html (And in case you are wondering, the defunct bowling alley that houses Meow Wolf was brought completely up to code before opening, and is inspected regularly. In fact, the fire marshall was there two days ago, when I last visited, testing the ear-splitting fire alarm. There are smoke alarms all over the House of Eternal Return, much of it is fireproofed, and all of it is sprinklered. Wonders are wonderful, but we did all we could to put safety first).



All this success, all this coolness, all this good work... I can't take credit for any of it, really. I am just the landlord. But I am proud to be associated with it. The artists and creators of Meow Wolf are an incredible bunch of people, and they've made Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the world a better place with their energy, imagination, and hard work.

And the best part is, they've just begun. Denver, Austin, Los Angeles, watch out for spiders and giant robots, you never know what might turn up on your doorstep.

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dragonborngurl
Feb. 5th, 2017 02:20 am (UTC)
May I brag that my bestie who is the oldest friend (still going strong) I have from when I was 17 was a contributing artist? we're from the county up the Palisades Parkway after NJ. :) Tina is oozing with talent! You met her once or twice and she reported that you are very authentic. (But we all knew that anyway!) I have a photo of you two at the JC. So happy about it!
laviniagrace
Feb. 5th, 2017 04:11 am (UTC)
New Mexico
OMDG is that a spider? Spiders are to me as snakes are to Indiana Jones. Just a warning that I am, as a humble fan/servant, almost done with ASOIAF, book 1. Soon I will be done with 5 books and ready to join the angry mobs...Just joking, I really don't care if you ever finish the 6th book, it's your business, no one else's.

I think they should declare you at least Lord of Santa Fe...you've obviously been worth your weight in gold for the state.
Rob Ronci
Feb. 5th, 2017 01:16 pm (UTC)
Denver?!
Congratulations to Meow Wolf and their generous landlord! It's wonderful to see something so creative get the love it deserves. Are they planning on opening a Denver location? Or are they simply bringing the robots and giant spiders via financial support to local DIY spaces?
grrm
Feb. 5th, 2017 08:27 pm (UTC)
RE: Denver?!
We are looking at Denver for a possible expansion, yes. It would be a whole new thing, not a duplication of Santa Fe.
Dan Koifman
Feb. 5th, 2017 03:40 pm (UTC)
Meow Wolf looks simply amazing. The neon forrest installation is awesome.

And speaking of big new installations, NASA just confirmed we have a second mini moon circling the planet.

http://inhabitat.com/nasa-confirms-a-second-mini-moon-is-circling-earth/

Let's hope it doesn't get too close to the sun to let all the dragons pour forth.
grrm
Feb. 5th, 2017 08:27 pm (UTC)
Cool
octopus_garden
Feb. 6th, 2017 02:03 pm (UTC)
Didn't know about this-how very cool!!!
Jamie Feola
Feb. 6th, 2017 11:07 pm (UTC)
Hello via Comic World News
Wow -- I second the comment on Denver -- we would welcome a second location up here, though I will add that to my list next time I'm in Santa Fe. It looks like an incredible space for creativity, congrats on helping foster that.

I'm writing to send a quick hello and share that my dad, the creator of Comic World News fanzine ('63-'64) recently realized you were one of his contributors. I know he would very much enjoy connecting with you if possible. My brother wrote about his realization here, if you'd like to take a look: http://joshfeola.com/blog/george-r-r-martin-comic-world-news/
VonMamer
Feb. 7th, 2017 04:34 pm (UTC)
Truely too weird to describe!
I'll admit I was a skeptic when first I heard you were investing time and money into another Santa Fe 'Art gallery,' at least that is what I believe it was first described as. After visiting numerous times now I still am blown away! It is also the most amazing concert venue conceivable! (see ya at the Grateful Dead tribute band!) Congratulations to you and all the amazing artists!

I had one question, in one room I thought I saw some critters reminiscent of what I imagined 'Sand Kings' might look like. Did you have any input into the rooms or the story behind the house?
grrm
Feb. 7th, 2017 05:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Truely too weird to describe!
No, not as yet, the House of Eternal Return was entirely created by the members of Meow Wolf.
_hollyopolis
Feb. 8th, 2017 01:09 pm (UTC)
Winter Wonderland
There is an event in Santa Clara called Winter Wonderland and they have a similar underwater forest. They hold it at Great America. Of course, it's probably nicer in NM. Everything in CA is too crowded.
6for24
Feb. 8th, 2017 01:34 pm (UTC)
Pats
Good Morning Mr. Martin - I must have missed your Super Bowl recap post where you discuss how Tom Brady is the greatest QB of all time ;-).
gravemaster
Feb. 8th, 2017 03:13 pm (UTC)
A small question
Hello, George! Sorry for the offtopic question, but it just came up to my mind and I decided to ask you.

A few years back I read an interview where you teased that Tyrion and Dany would meet in TWOW. It sounds very cool and intriguing and their chemistry is pretty good on the show as well, but the show doesn't have a system of POVs.

What got me a little bit anxious is that since if they meet and interact with each other, those interactions can be shown only through the eyes of only one of them. Not much point having the same chapter twice in one book, right?

That leads to the question: does this mean that you intend to retire one of them as a POV (at least for a time) or separate them somehow, so that you don't have to "retire" one of them?

Edited at 2017-02-08 03:21 pm (UTC)
grrm
Feb. 8th, 2017 09:10 pm (UTC)
Re: A small question
Sorry, no comment. This is a Meow Wolf topic.
ENguyenDenver
Feb. 8th, 2017 05:45 pm (UTC)
Can't wait for the Denver opening! Any estimate as to when?
grrm
Feb. 8th, 2017 09:09 pm (UTC)
It's all speculative at this point.
garseironjade
Feb. 9th, 2017 04:10 pm (UTC)
Stanley Donwood
Is Stanley Donwood a collaborator? The photos remind me very much of his work.
grrm
Feb. 10th, 2017 03:55 am (UTC)
RE: Stanley Donwood
Is he a member of Meow Wolf? They have more than a hundred artist involved.
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