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Bowling for Art

The local newspapers have all broken the story, so I might as well acknowledge it here as well.

Yeah, I bought a bowling alley.

Except... well... not really.  I bought the former Silva Lanes property on Rufina Circle, a block off Cerrillos Road in south Santa Fe.  But there hasn't been any bowling there since 2009, when Silva Lanes went bankrupt.  And, indeed, all the lanes and interior furnishings were ripped out several years ago by a previous "buyer" who then failed to follow through with the purchase.  So essentially I bought a huge empty derelict building (some 33,000 square feet) and a big parking lot.


I also have acquired a very tall bowling-pin-shaped sign, for what it's worth (not much).


Sad to say (for bowling fans), I am not planning to bring bowling back to Santa Fe.  (Some other folks are doing that, supposedly, with brand new lanes in the Railyard District a few blocks from the Cocteau).  Nor will I be using the space for a karaoke bar.  The previous owner tried that too.

The building, instead, will be used for art... not a traditional gallery, now, but a very exciting and innovative interactive art space.   The exhibits will be designed and installed by Meow Wolf, a collective of forty-odd (some very odd) artists here in Santa Fe who have been doing some amazing things over the past decade, but have never had a permanent home before.

Meow Wolf will be announcing their plans in the next month.  Till then, here are some stories:




And check out the Meow Wolf home page, for a better idea of the kind of stuff they do.


I think this should be very exciting, and real boost to local tourism, the arts scene, something kids of all ages will enjoy.  But that's really up to Meow Wolf.  My phone has been ringing off the hook with calls from people wanting comments about this, but I'm not the guy to talk to.  Bottom line, I am just the landlord.  The dream, the vision, and the hard work all belong to Meow Wolf.

But it should be cool.

And yes, we're going to keep the big bowling pin.  I insisted.



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Jan. 7th, 2015 11:18 pm (UTC)
It's subjective
Art is subjective and to me that big bowling pin is a wonderful piece of art. Kudos on keeping it!
Alexander Tamayo
Jan. 7th, 2015 11:20 pm (UTC)
And once a year, the GRRM Convention :D
Jan. 7th, 2015 11:39 pm (UTC)
That is so freakin' cool, George. I can't wait to come out and see it once the collective is in residence!
Jan. 8th, 2015 12:22 am (UTC)
John W
Jan. 7th, 2015 11:58 pm (UTC)
"I am not planning to bring bowling back to Santa Fe."

Well, there could be bowling based art exhibits, given that this place will be a "a very exciting and innovative interactive art space."
Marcus Rocha
Jan. 8th, 2015 12:08 am (UTC)
That's really cool. You're doing an amazing role like the old patrons of renaissance. It is really cool to know you're so engaged in your community.
Jan. 8th, 2015 12:59 am (UTC)
Good on you, sir! If I was filthy rich, I would love to do something like this in my home city.
Jan. 8th, 2015 01:13 am (UTC)
Jan. 8th, 2015 01:53 am (UTC)
on the bowling pin, not sure if very artistic but I wouldn't take the titan of braavos down if ever get to conquer braavos
Jan. 8th, 2015 01:56 am (UTC)
Great to see you're using some of the money you've earned (which you richly deserve every penny of) for arts patronage - it's really inspiring. Kudos!
Jan. 8th, 2015 02:11 am (UTC)
New reason to visit Santa Fe this summer!

Thank you for facilitating such an interesting artistic concept. His projects are fantastic. I hope to attend a monster battle someday :) Keep us posted on the developments from Meow!
Jan. 8th, 2015 02:27 am (UTC)
I love this idea!
Jan. 8th, 2015 03:57 am (UTC)
DEFINITELY keep the big bowling pin! And restore the neon, if possible -- that makes it a work of art all by itself!

Wonderful building. That's exactly the sort of thing I'd love to be able to do. Hope we get a chance to get back up to Santa Fe sometime to check this out.
Jan. 8th, 2015 06:32 am (UTC)
I seriously want to be you when I grow up. Never mind that I'm 42. Between your writing, the cinema, and the art space you're doing a lot of cool stuff!
Jan. 8th, 2015 07:14 am (UTC)
So cooooool!! Great!
Jan. 8th, 2015 09:21 am (UTC)
*beams idiotically* I am so pleased that you are using your powers for good!
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