Meow Wolf’s Omega Mart inside of AREA15. Photo by Atlas Media
It’s been three years of boop cards and 12-foot-long receipts left in baskets and the only thing we’re sure of is that, even now, you still have no idea what’s in-store for you!
Omega Mart has a certain “Je ne sais nothing to see here” quality that’s hard to describe, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t still plenty to see…if you know where to look…which is everywhere.
“You could go there everyday and still find something different! It’s absolutely genius!!!! It really is the best place to be!” - Missy S.
You’re not the only one, Missy! That’s why, in honor of 3 years of Omeg-cellence, we perused the place and found 10 things you may have missed the first (or fourth) time around!
L’Omega: one of the first things you see when you arrive and take in the gloriousness of Omega Mart. Boasting fan favorite flavors like Mashed Potato and New Car, it’s easy to get lost in the close-up details and miss the bigger picture.
And what is the bigger picture?
That’s for L’Omega to know and U’Omega to find out.
No Sop For You
Where to begin with our Camel Sop display? We could go on and on about the pigeon-tested, pigeon-approved flavors, but if you just focused on the labels, then you’d be missing out.
A nod to the hit franchise (we legally can’t say by name) hanging above.
Cans in disarray.
An exhausted camel triggered by the press of that one special sop.
Our only request is that you please do not climb. 🤦
If These Walls Could Talk
You heard about the cooler portal on TikTok so you bought tickets to Omega Mart and then you pulled out your phone and you went right into the fridge and we haven’t seen you since.
Well that’s cool (see: refrigerator joke), but that means you likely skipped out on just one of the hidden gems painted on the walls above those delightfully frosty drinkables.
Did someone request soda penguins? Done.
Soda volcano erupting into a soda sea filled with sod-olphins? Omega Mart trulyhas it all.
Next time you’re in, look up! From the store to the bathrooms to the stairwells, these walls tell quite the story.
Okay, we know what we said. And we understand how confusing the messaging can be, so we’ll say it here once and for all:
The janitor’s closet is for janitors only. Omega Mart defines “janitor” as someone who has, is, or has considered cleaning in the past, present or future, regardless of age, gender or dimension.
So please, unless this applies to you, definitely stay OUT.
Omega Mart is not our only exhibition on this plane, we’ve also got the first born in Santa Fe, a behemoth in Denver, and two more mysterious portals opening in Texas. Each exhibit has its own story, its own beautiful art, and each is meant to stand alone, but we’re artists who can’t help but lay easter eggs any chance we get.
If you’ve ever been to Convergence Station in Denver, you’ve likely seen the Cosmohedron that spans three floors. If you’ve ever been to Omega Mart, then you’ve likely missed our Cosmohedron. Don’t feel bad. Ours is only about 13 inches tall.
Tucked within the ǝ̴̢̜̯͕̺̺̯͙͈́̔̓͐͐̾͐̚s̶̟̞͓̣̣̝̤̝̥̣͓̟̣̅̀̐̈̿̒̔̚͠ͅɐ̷̛̛̳̫̳͍̯̈́̐́͌Ɔ̷̼̘̟̥̪̟̰̪͓̄̌̎ ̵̥̩̣͉̪̟̺͎̣͋̔ʎ̴̢̧̧͇͔̫͉̗͓̪̳̎̃̈̀̋̐̏̕̚̕ͅɥ̷̥͍̥̥̱͍̇͂͆́̓͆̇̈́̕d̵̠͙̗̮̲̞̳͙̪̥̬͉̥͛͊̓̀̔̔̚͜͝͠ŏ̸̻̇̇̌̀͌͛̄́̎̒̇̚ɹ̷̤̙̬̌͑̈̊̇̐̀┴̵̳͚͉̥̑̇͌̂̓͑̊ ̷̡̧͈̝͔̗̪̖̯̗̽̀̓d̷̡̟̞̘̠̺̝̰͕̄̈́̀̈̍̐̒͗̄̕ɹ̸̛̣͕̦͌̀͊̐͝ơ̸̧̢̗͚͎̜̘̮̻̳̭͍̓̈́̔̓̊̀͆͜͝ɔ̸̡̗̭͎̖͗͂̄̓̐̋͗̃̆̒́̇́ɯ̴̨̘̦̤͔͇̟̥̖͇̣̺͇͋́̃̈́́̆͋̅̈̍͜͜ɐ̸̢̢̙̩̲̱̞̼̩̳̠̖̳̃̊̉̆̑̽͐̀̒̾̕̚͠ͅɹ̴͔̽̆̒̋̔̆̇́̈́͂́̋̚͘͝p̷̗̓̋̎̊͐́̓̏̔͊̚͘͝ ̴̯͍̪̙͚̰͚̰̀̍͗͘͝ͅ, is where you’ll find this hidden gem.
"The amount of detail and time put in amazes me." – Michael S
Oh, Michael. You have no idea how much detail went into making an art experience look like a seemingly-simple grocery store while also weaving in a complex narrative component.
For us, it’s about the details, but also the surprise and delight. We love to see the confused smile on your face when you open a fridge expecting to find another room—or even weirder, actual beverages—but instead you find miniature farmers harvesting Zalg, America’s Forgotten Vegetable! Your constantconfusion iswhy we do this.
And what’s more confusing than miniature models hidden in the most mundane places?
Next time you’re at Omega Mart, explore the secret worlds of itty bitty humans.
The Omega Mart team is always expanding! From deli artists who can cut more than just salami to Dramcorp scientists sneaking away to gain firsthand understanding of YOU and your shopping habits, we’re always looking for ways to improve the Omega Mart experience.
*Fine print: We’re legally obligated to tell you that extended exposure to Source elements can have an adverse effect on appearance. Omega Mart, and its parent company Dramcorp, assume no liability for alterations in appearance or desire that may occur as a result of employment.
Filed Under: Meow Wolf Newness
We’re always adding and upgrading, and one of our more recent additions is newly-added labels to our Dramcorp filing cabinet.
With ideas submitted by our own staff, they’re worth the read. Just…beware of spontaneously opening cabinets.
What exactly happened here?
While Omega Mart was sleeping, a group of artists assumed the roles of anti-Dramcorp insurrectionists and spent four nights terrorizing this nook with texture, slime, aging, graffiti and sculptural details, corrupting Omega Mart products and siphoning funds to fuel their revolution.
Fun Fact…You can’t! They’re custom-made by our very own Spencer Olsen and not available to the public. Yet…🤔
FAQ: Where can I find the bar?
If we told you then we wouldn’t get to watch you open the bathroom door thinking you’d find a bar inside.
But, before seeking out the bar, we always recommend you ask your doctor or pharmacist if Datamosh is right for you.
You may be thinking, “That’s it?! But what about_____?”
This list is certainly not exhaustive. In a space this vast, you’re likely to miss things and so are we! So many details, both big and small, get overlooked, but that’s what makes Omega Mart worth the repeat visit(s). There’s always something new in-store.
Next time you’re here, ask about the knock-knock jokes. Dial 664666 on the nearest telephone. If something waves, try waving back!