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Meow Wolf Las Vegas. . . Wowza!
By now, you already know that Omega Mart is Meow Wolf’s second permanent exhibition (and you already follow @omegamartusa on Instagram in anticipation of the latest specials on Impact Corn and Zalg, America’s forgotten vegetable). Former participants of Meow Wolf Santa Fe’s House of Eternal Return know that the Las Vegas experience is going to take you so much further beyond what first meets the eye. So, how is the rest of this massive undertaking coming along?
We could give you vague estimates, but we thought it best to leave it to the folks who have been on-site throughout the entire process. According to Marsi Gray, Senior Creative Producer for Meow Wolf Las Vegas, “The installation is progressing at such a rapid pace. There’s a really high degree of confidence in the team that we’re working with and our ability to execute.”
In addition to over fifty artists and artist groups — local and international — working on the installation, not to mention the hundreds on staff at Meow Wolf, Gray points out that the 1-on-1 collaboration between artists and our construction partners from KHS&S “has been extraordinary,” allowing for execution on a whole new level of artistry for Meow Wolf.
Creative Director Corvas Brinkerhoff echoed this point, noting how Meow Wolf’s adventuresome experience creating House of Eternal Return has made for an “amazingly smooth” second effort in Vegas, despite the new exhibition’s massive scale (52,000 square feet – over double that of HOER). And while fans of the HOER will certainly be delighted by the nonlinear, exploratory nature of Meow Wolf Las Vegas, they can expect a completely original show.
“It’s all new concepts from the ground up. Different narrative. Different artwork. It’s the same collaborative creative model, but beyond the model...that’s it. It’s all original immersive artwork at a much larger scale, with a lot more depth of experience. The tech and interactivity side of the show is incredibly more complex than anything in the House (of Eternal Return).
Also contributing to the depth of experience is the storytelling, which is immense. There’s about three feature-lengths worth of video content alone that’s discoverable throughout the exhibition, and then there’s a phone system where you can hear all of these audio recordings, there’s the RFID interactivity that advances the narrative in different ways... It’s like a free-roaming, open world video game, but your body is your avatar.”
Or, to put it simply — and without giving anything away — Gray sums up the progress thusly. . . “Wowza!”
The final stage of our Meow Wolf Las Vegas installation is when the majority of the art goes up. It’s called The Frosting — as in the frosting on the structural cake. A few artists have already made a dent in the Frosting process, though, including California-based contributor Shrine and Costa Rica-based Carey Thompson.
Shrine’s mural at AREA15 — the Immersive Entertainment & Events Complex of which Meow Wolf is the anchor tenant — features aluminum cans and bottle caps, and we recently shared a glimpse of his process!
As for Thompson, the Boom Festival art director is installing his immersive space “Juke Temple” – inspired by Wurlitzer Jukeboxes – to Meow Wolf Las Vegas, and you can sneak a peek below.
Las Vegas Community
Fawn Douglas, Nuwuvi artist and Community Associate on the Meow Wolf Las Vegas team, recently shared her voice with a tremendous article outlining the importance of acknowledging and celebrating Indigenous People every day. Meow Wolf is new to the Vegas community, and as Douglas points out, we recognize that our newest location will reside on the grounds of the Southern Paiute people. With this in mind, we believe that our education and involvement in the community is of utmost importance. Most recently, we held a Supplies Drive on Oct. 9 for the Las Vegas Indian Center, a nonprofit organization that counts adult outpatient substance abuse treatment, transitional home programs, and employment services among their good work.
Donate to the Las Vegas Indian Center HERE!
We can’t believe AREA15 has already been open for two months! Although we continue to work at warp speed to share the art of Omega Mart, we’ve already had the opportunity to collaborate with local designer and artist Heather Hermann on the artwork for the AREA15 spine, as well as Vegas-based artist Valentin Yordanov and Baltimore’s Jessie and Katey on two blacklight reactive murals. It’s an incredible privilege to share a space with such amazing artists, not to mention the other tenants of AREA15, like Museum Fiasco and soon-to-open Wink World.
If you’re in Las Vegas and simply CANNOT WAIT for Omega Mart to open, you can get free tickets for AREA15 now! Enjoy a drink under a giant neon tree at Oddwood, take a ride on Haley’s Comet, or get lost in immersive technology at Gallerie 360 inside the Portal.
Want to work with us?
Meow Wolf Las Vegas is hiring! We are adding to our team in a number of ways including key positions in Marketing, Graphic Design, as well as Creative Operator roles such as Box Office, Retail Management, and Bartending positions. Apply here.
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