The House of Eternal Return stands on the border of psychedelic art installation and immersive indoor playscape with hints of an epic laser tag arena — spooky, mysterious, and utterly engaging. Pictures present a world reminiscent of James Cameron’s Avatar, all aglow with undulating waves of strange vegetation on the walls and ceiling and unfamiliar shapes shifting across your vision. Physics works differently in this alternate universe.
In other words, it’s right up George R.R. Martin’s alley.
Art collective Meow Wolf opened The House of Eternal Return in 2016 with heavy support from Martin, one of the house’s biggest investors, and who contributed $3 million to renovate a derelict bowling alley, which he rents to Meow Wolf, according to Quartzy. Now, the massive indoor space — constructed within the scaffolding of a Victorian house inside the old bowling alley — is the most popular attraction in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and is so visually stimulating that its interactive exhibits induce some guests to nausea.
The House of Eternal Return is meant for adults and children alike, though it makes no pretense towards a particularly happy or carefree setting: It is not a haunted house, not quite, but it is definitely meant to unnerve.
According to ABC, Vince Kadlubek, co-creator of The House of Eternal Return, wanted to design a transformative space that forces visitors to live as they were meant to live: freely, without any obligation to follow one path versus another. Kadlubek believes that people tend to grow less curious with age, and less likely to explore or even question their surroundings. The House of Eternal Return flips quotidian life on its head, and is meant to bring adults back to an earlier and more expressive mindset — and make children feel right at home.
The house’s 70 rooms, spread over 20,000 square feet, contain familiar and unfamiliar objects that don’t behave like you think they should. Within these rooms, the website claims, guests will “discover a multidimensional mystery house with secret passages, portals to magical worlds, and an expansive narrative amidst surreal, maximalist, and mesmerizing art exhibits.”
Meow Wolf expects to open four new exhibits in Denver, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., and Phoenix in the next few years. You can watch the trailer for Meow Wolf’s documentary here.
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