Meow Wolf opens up a lot of installation at the site between Denver’s bridges

Art company Meow Wolf has teamed up with 150 artists to create a series of mostly crafted immersive installations Items salvaged For its space designed by Shears Adkins Rockmore Architects in Denver.

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.

Meow Wolf Denver
The Meow Wolf is located in Denver between three highways. Photo courtesy of Paris Ruiz de Velasco

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.

Meow Wolf Denver lights at night
The space is a permanent exhibition designed by a group of artists. Photo courtesy of Paris Ruiz de Velasco

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.”

Meow Wolf Denver Lobby
Due to the limited space, the architects and planners decided to take advantage of the height of the galleries

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.

Meow Wolf Internal Installation
Each space has a different theme

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.”

Meow Wolf Green Room Denver
Many interactive combinations

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 Cathedral in Meow Wolf Denver
Permanent fixtures are mixed with designated spaces to accommodate growing collections

The first major exhibit, called Ice Cities of Eemia, contains an extraterrestrial ice 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.

Miserable City Street Denver Meow Wolf
Many rooms have built-in corridors upstairs to better see the fixtures

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.

The 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 offering 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 Denver
Several smaller rooms connect larger installations

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.

Photography by Kate Russellunless mentioned.

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