Meow Wolf arts collective announces massive new Denver installation

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RILEY BRATZLER
  • Riley Bratzler
As the Springs’ own DIY arts scene has grown over the last few years, we’ve heard a great deal of local discussion about Santa Fe-based arts collective Meow Wolf, an organization widely regarded as the picture of success for DIY arts. The group’s installation has brought tourism, recognition and impressive revenue to Santa Fe since its inception 10 years ago. Rather than wondering if Meow Wolf might expand nationally, we’ve been more curious when and, especially, where. Last year, rumors surfaced that Colorado Springs arts leaders were attempting to court Meow Wolf, but those rumors were never fully confirmed.

However, it looks like Meow Wolf will indeed settle down in Colorado. On Thursday, Jan. 4, the organization officially announced a Denver installation, planned for completion in 2020. The installation, which will make its home in the triangle formed by Auraria Parkway, Colfax Avenue and I-25, will, according to Denver’s Westword, host seven-stories, and 90,000 total square-feet, with 60,000 square feet of that devoted to exhibition space — a $50,000 project, total.

Meow Wolf’s website assures that the Denver installation will be a different experience from its spot in Santa Fe, “but still incredible immersive art for people of all ages.”

What this means for the Denver arts scene, and for its neighbor to the south (us), we will have to wait and see.

Those who want to help fund the project can support it through early ticket purchases, ranging in price from $25 (for early bird general admission) to $10,000 (for a lifetime pass). Plus, any ambitious artists who want to get involved can let Meow Wolf know you’ve got your eyes open for the opportunity.

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