House of Eternal Return, Meow Wolf's Santa Fe installation.
House of Eternal Return, Meow Wolf's Santa Fe installation.
Phil Murray

Reader: Meow Wolf Is Not Hipster Stuff! It's Self-Expression Through All Forms of Art

A year after members of Santa Fe's Meow Wolf started looking at opening a place in Denver, it's official: Early in 2020, Meow Wolf Denver will debut in the heart of the Mile High City, in a spanking new building in the triangle formed by the Auraria Parkway, Interstate 25 and the Colfax Viaduct. This towering Meow Wolf will boast an immersive installation three times the size of the original House of Eternal Return, as well as an events venue, a restaurant and a shop selling work by local artists. The $50 million project announced on January 4 quickly became the talk of the town. Says Kate:

Awesome, but also kind of a slap in the face for the original, awesome DIY art spaces that have been shut down no? Money talks....Not gonna lie, though. I'm actually really excited.

Phillip needs to know more: 

I don’t get what this is.. art exhibit during the day? Weekend party venue/swingers on the weekend? Just gathering from what the pictures show...

Fans of the original Meow Wolf offer their own takes. Says Gene: 

It's an interactive fun house where your imagination comes to life. It'll also house a concert venue.

Adds Moony: 

Have you ever wanted to transport to a different dimension? It's that question manifested. The New Mexico one has a cool story that underlines the cool exhibit, leaving clues for you to find.

Brendan doesn't buy it:

Just what Denver needs...more hipster stuff.

Responds Rae:

 It's not hipster stuff. It is self-expression through all forms of art.

Concludes Mark:

This announcement, the Kirkland Museum opening in March, Americans for the Arts Convention in June.....great year for the arts in Denver!!

Keep reading for our more of our coverage of the Meow Wolf move.

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Shears Adkins Rockmore Architects

"Meow Wolf Will Create a New World in the Arty Heart of Denver"

Reader: Meow Wolf Is Not Hipster Stuff! It's Self-Expression Through All Forms of Art (4)
itchyo.com

"Meow Wolf Creates New Itchy-O Video"

Reader: Meow Wolf Is Not Hipster Stuff! It's Self-Expression Through All Forms of Art (6)
Lindsey Bartlett

"Denver DIY Groups Receiving $20,000 From the City, $34,000 From Meow Wolf"

Reader: Meow Wolf Is Not Hipster Stuff! It's Self-Expression Through All Forms of Art (5)
meowwolf.com

"Meow Wolf, Santa Fe's Art Sensation, Could Add a Denver Outpost"

Meow Wolf has exploded since House of Eternal Return opened in March 2016 in an old bowling alley purchased by George RR Martin, creator of Game of Thrones. But his $2.7 million assist to the arts collective, which started on a shoestring ten years ago, doesn't explain why the amazing immersive installation took off so quickly, garnering rave reviews from media outlets around the globe.

Meow Wolf co-founder Vince Kadlubek thinks it was a case of "right time, right place." So right that within three months of House of Eternal Return opening its doors, the group was thinking about creating a second immersive installation, this time in a major market. Denver was an obvious place to consider, given Meow Wolf's links to members of the DIY community here, but it faced stiff competition from Austin and Las Vegas.

Those cities are still in the running for future Meow Wolf projects. But in the meantime, plans are already in place for Meow Wolf Denver: The groundbreaking is set for the third quarter of 2018, the concept will be revealed a few months from now, local artists are being contacted for work, and tickets for 2020 are already on sale at meowwolf.com.

What do you think about Meow Wolf coming to Denver? Post a comment, or email your thoughts to editorial@westword.com.

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