Best known for her psychedelic design gallery in New Mexico, wolf meow She expanded her programming by opening a file convergence station The venue is in a narrow gap between three bridges near downtown Denver.
The Denver Space aims to expand Meow Wolf’s mission to revive artistic communities and make art more accessible and engaging to people.
“We have a mission to make art as accessible to a billionaire as a minimum wage worker, and to create experiences that are accessible – not just financially but spiritually accessible,” said Chadney Everett, Senior Creative Director.
Wolf meow, which is certified B Corpcommissioned over 150 artists to complete a variety of permanent and temporary installations within the venue’s gallery spaces.
Everett explained that the facilities will be constantly updated to make the space “a living space for Denver’s arts community.”
The structure, which was built specifically for the arts organization, is informally referred to by the team as “Sleeping Pizza” because of its shape dictated by the building’s location, which is intersected by highway bridges.
Colorado studio Adkins Rockmore Architects scissors He designed the building envelope and worked closely with the architectural team at Meow Wolf.
It has white fiber cement panels on the outside and is illuminated by strips of light along the facade.
“The site is perfect or the Meow Wolf: it’s gritty, tough, restrained and complex,” said Dan Craig, project architect at Shears Adkins Rockmore Architects.
“As the Meow Wolf soars above its surrounding context, its facade glows in the bright Denver sun and reflects an ever-changing array of colors at night, transforming the transportation corridor into a place where people and art meet.”
The venue contains a foyer, event space and four main exhibition spaces that take advantage of the five-story building with wall-to-wall decor and design. A series of smaller galleries line the length of the space as well.
Shears Adkins Rockmore Architects also included movable modular walls to allow for future changes to the interior spaces.
The first major exhibit, called Ice Cities of Eemia, contains an extraterrestrial glacier landscape filled with high-tech gadget simulations. In the center of this space is a small stained-glass cathedral.
Another gallery features C Street – a bustling, steamy world that uses a salvaged truck and bus as centerpieces. The walkway, which resembles an overpass for a train, allows spectators to view the exhibits from above.
Nomina – a “sixth dimension” space that uses representations of organic matter to create an alien world, and Ossuary – a catacomb-like space with sculptures made of books, occupying other primary spaces.
Smaller galleries contain other installations including a Gremlin Symphony with walls made of instruments and road signs, and a cave-like room with ceiling material resembling a disco ball.
Everett said that presenting different perspectives to the exhibits was a critical aspect of designing the experience.
He also noted that the team tried to use “as wide a palette as possible” when selecting materials for the space, something added by the fact that many of the exhibits are made from salvaged materials.
Meow Wolf started in 2008 and opened its first permanent facility in New Mexico. The organization has expanded to Los Vegas as well. Other organizations that showcase immersive design include Annual Burning Man Festival in Nevada.
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