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Meow Wolf Roars

The House of Eternal Return, long adrift is time and space, is spinning back towards earth and its eventual landing on the south side of Santa Fe... courtesy of the madmen and madwomen of Meow Wolf, the City Different's wildest artist's collective.

Remember Silva Lanes? That derelict bowling alley I bought last winter? If not, go back to January and February on this very Not A Blog and read the old posts. Or just Google "Silva Lanes" and my name, and you'll find plenty of press coverage.

Anyway... work has been proceeding down on the south side ever since. My own construction crew has gutted the remains of the old structure, torn up the parking lot, and has been working day and night to bring everything up to code. Meanwhile, Meow Wolf's artists have been across the street, making magic... and now they've moved in and started the installations. The two construction crews are working side by side.

Here's some recent press coverage of the project, from the pages of the SANTA FE NEW JIXIOCAN and the ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL.



Last week I had a tour of the former Silva Lanes. Some amazing stuff is going on in there. The House of Eternal Return should be interactive art like you've never seen it. Kids are going to love this, I think. (A few lucky ones already do).

Here's some more fun pictures from an email that Meow Wolf CEO Vince Kadlubek sent out last week to investors.

Besides the house itself (think of it as a giant TARDIS in a Victorian mansion), there's also going to be secret passages, a cave system, a haunted forest, a performance space, a video arcade, a gift shop, a children's learning center (for art, no longer taught in New Mexico schools), a gallery, artists' workshops... oh, and a giant robot and steel spider in the parking lot (just visiting, those last two). (And yes, the neon bowling pin remains).

The hope is everything will be ready for a grand opening in JANUARY. Watch this space for further details.

Of course, all this costs money. To raise some more of that, Meow Wolf is offering one thousand (1000) limited edition boxed set Lifetime Pass Memberships. They come with an actual box, which looks very cool. But I will let them tell you about that themselves:


The House of Eternal Return is going to be like nothing you've ever seen before, and we hope it will be a permanent part of the scene here in Santa Fe for decades to come, and a "must see" for every tourist visiting the City Different.

One thing for sure... it will be much more exciting than bowling.


Christian McIntire
Oct. 5th, 2015 12:26 am (UTC)
I often miss my native New Mexico, but am disappointed (yet unsurprised) to hear that art is no longer taught in schools there. Keep doing the Good Work.
Brigitte Reed
Oct. 5th, 2015 12:34 am (UTC)
Wow, all that fits in an old bowling alley??
Oct. 5th, 2015 02:05 am (UTC)
We need more of these and less bowling alleys. Just saying...
Oct. 5th, 2015 04:14 am (UTC)
Thank you for bringing the wonders of fantasy to people.
Oct. 5th, 2015 08:28 am (UTC)
No art in schools
How on earth does NM justify no teaching of art in schools? Is music taught?Is there any desire to decentralise the curricula? I'm not familiar with the NM system but it appears that, like Europe, increasing emphasis is put on schools producing the disciplined bodies of automatons rather than educating children to grow up to be creative adults with critical thinking skills-skills that are learned by painting pictures and making models etc and understanding what you like or not about them. An appreciation of art is what makes us human. Its great that the Meow collective work with children but teaching art in schools is far too important to leave to just the social economy sector.
Oct. 5th, 2015 09:36 am (UTC)
That tree house looking spiral stair sculpture is AWESOME!

Why does the Philadelphia region have to be so far away from Santa Fe?!?!
Oct. 5th, 2015 10:07 am (UTC)
Another reason to visit Santa Fe!
Oct. 5th, 2015 01:17 pm (UTC)
This is great! Giving me another reason to visit Santa Fe! Must save my pennies...
Oct. 5th, 2015 02:45 pm (UTC)
Silva Lanes
Very excited for the update. Santa Fe is one of my favorite destinations every five years. I have been waiting for this project to finish before visiting again. Have not yet visited your theater either, so next trip will be chocked full of new visits.

The city and residents must be very thankful to have such a generous benefactor.
Oct. 5th, 2015 03:06 pm (UTC)
WOW! That's some VERY cool stuff!! real creativity at work AND for a good cause. Yay! Keeping it alive. My childhood friend who lives in Santa Fe (for years now) is planning on volunteering. She's a creative powerhouse and probably the nicest person you'll meet. Happiness all around.
Sean Hall
Oct. 5th, 2015 03:33 pm (UTC)
Latest on mural
What's the latest on your other art project, the mural at the Jean Cocteau? Is it already setup or is it still getting built?
Oct. 5th, 2015 04:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Latest on mural
Still being installed.
Oct. 5th, 2015 09:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Latest on mural
You can't rush art.
Oct. 5th, 2015 04:22 pm (UTC)
Silva Lanes
Something is more exciting than bowling!? Surely, you jest!
Oct. 5th, 2015 06:29 pm (UTC)
Hmmm... needs a wax sculpture of Tachyon, and a VW with battleship armor plating. Oh, and deformed joker babies!

Edited at 2015-10-06 02:21 pm (UTC)
Maia Duerr
Oct. 6th, 2015 02:18 am (UTC)
Art in NM Schools
It's not accurate to say art is no longer being taught in NM schools. Where are you getting this information?
Oct. 6th, 2015 05:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Art in NM Schools
From teachers.
Oct. 6th, 2015 02:58 am (UTC)
Personally, I think they should leave/put in 1 lane for "bowling". Then they can get artistic with the pins, the balls and the lane. Clearly not a serious lane, but who wouldn't love to roll a ball down a lane of pins that looked like Hugo Awards, or clowns, or historic robber barons?
Oct. 6th, 2015 04:40 am (UTC)
Wooooooow. OK, the little kid in me is going SQUEE at this. I am, of course, nowhere near Santa Fe, but man, when the planned littles are of age, we may just have to make a road trip. I can't quite tell if this is intended to be kids-only like the Children's Museum we have in Seattle, or something more like, say, Disney, that is open/sized for both kids and adults. If Our Gracious Host has the time/info (or someone else reading has the answer!), I'd love to know. If it's the latter, well, that road trip might be a lot sooner, because this looks quite honestly amazing! :)

I wish there was a donation page or such, because my family's budget is extremely tight for the rest of the year, and I know profit margins on anything like posters/t-shirts tend to be low. I'd love to just toss a tenner their way in support of this awesome project. I adore stuff like this, and there needs to be more of it in the world!
Oct. 6th, 2015 05:50 pm (UTC)
No, not kids only... though kids should love it.
Oct. 7th, 2015 03:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the response! Awesome! That road trip will definitely be sooner in the making, then. :)
Oct. 7th, 2015 12:07 am (UTC)


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