Snaggy explores Carlsbad Caverns. Photographs by Kate Russell. Check out the captions below for more information on the entities and their tour of New Mexico!
A caravan of Meow Wolf creatures rolled up on Carlsbad Caverns last weekend for some summertime spelunking. Alva, Lucius, Snaggy and the rest are taking mandatory time off from the House of Eternal Return because the exhibition is currently full of performers who are entertaining guests as part of our Summer in the Multiverse series.
The creatures woke up bright and early at 3 a.m. at the insistence of Charter agents, who frog marched them from the exhibition and into an old school bus. Soon after they were off on their road trip of New Mexico, the Land of En-strangement! Our photographer, Kate Russell, was in tow and she said everyone had a good time, even though the Meowbus doesn’t have air conditioning and its tape deck only plays one warped Pat Boone cassette.
Carlsbad was a no-brainer for the first stop on the road trip. Meow Wolf has always been a sanctuary to cave-lovers and the occasional cave-dweller. Scientists will tell you that different caves form for different geological reasons, but the truth of the matter is that caves are of a type, drawing upon similar cavernous themes and archetypes. It is believed that every cave in the multiverse links up to every other cave via portals hidden in dark, out-of-the-way chambers. This is how we incorporated caves into Meow Wolf exhibits such as the Due Return and the House of Eternal Return.
The summer road trip crew plans on hitting up some more landmarks from New Mexico as their summer vacation continues. The Meowbus runs on Charter-brand plutonium, the icebox has an infinite supply of cheese sandwiches and the Pat Boone tape can never be turned off. There is literally no reason for the crew to come home any time soon. It’s gonna be a summer to remember and we’ll be sure to post updates as we hear back from them. Keep an eye here or on our Facebook page for more great images of Meow Wolf across New Mexico, courtesy of Kate Russell and our fantastic creative team.
Thank you to the city of Carlsbad and to the National Parks Service for allowing us to play in your beautiful caverns. A special shoutout to Ranger Rod, for all his help. If you like what you see and want to share it with a friend, please use our social media links below. And now: our gallery! Check out the captions for more information on the creatures.
Carlsbad was discovered by humans millennia ago, but that didn't stop Lucius Selig from taking credit for it.
Dr. Meethu (left) and Dr. Irf stopped by Meow Wolf to film a segment for their intergalactic variety show "Mondoqiwah." We'd post the segment here but its native resolution is so high that most Earth televisions go mad upon receiving the signal. What has science done?!
Lucius Selig whined the most about the mandatory road trip, but he changed his tune once he realized Carlsbad was full of rocks he could make friends with.
Fun fact: "Mondoqiwah" is filmed and produced entirely by drones. Don't worry, though; the drones are all union. Hopefully the rest of our brothers and sisters in Earth's automation industry will one day enjoy similar representation.
Lupi (left) and her partner Spike were actually tourists who arrived to Meow Wolf from somewhere in the Andromeda Galaxy. Instead of getting into the art exhibit they were shuffled onto the bus by a Charter agent who wasn't paying attention. They still think Carlsbad Caverns was part of the exhibit and we're too embarrassed to tell them otherwise.
Alva is an AI construct who escaped from her kiosk at Portals Bermuda shortly after the resort was wiped out by the Charter. She's never experienced the vanilla world, so Carlsbad was an extra special treat for her. Imagine being a travel agent and never seeing any of the strange and wonderful places you describe for the tourists! Happy trails, Alva. Enjoy yourself out there.
Spike and Lupi spent the entire Carlsbad trip carrying their luggage as they looked for a bellhop. They're pictured here looking for the manager's office so they can file a complaint about the lack of bellhops in the cave.
Snaggy is the first behorned, toothsome, one-eyed biped to set foot in Carlsbad Caverns.
The first that we know of, anyway. Who can say what lurks in the darkest corners of Earth's unexplored depths? Always use the buddy system when exploring caves, by the way. Just sayin'.
The posse poses for their first group photo on their mandatory summer road trip across New Mexico. Soon after they all climbed back on the bus for a delicious lunch of cheese sandwiches and off-brand orange drink. Then they were off to the next destination... wherever that may be. Keep an eye open for them because Snaggy only has the one.