George R.R. Martin Helps Santa Fe’s Meow Wolf Paint the City Strange
When you step into the House of Eternal Return, it feels a bit like walking into your family home — and finding yourself lost in a PeeWee’s Playhouse on steroids. Or amphetamines. Or better yet, some undiscovered alien narcotic.
Set up in the industrial district of Santa Fe, N.M., the new permanent art exhibition is a far cry from the fine arts galleries and museums for which Santa Fe is known. Think of it instead as a kind of art amusement park, built by an arts collective called Meow Wolf and largely funded by a surprising benefactor: George R.R. Martin.
But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s start with the tour: When I arrive around 10 the night before the exhibition opens, dozens of Meow Wolf’s 135 artists are scrambling to put the finishing touches on their meticulously crafted installations.
One of those installations, a two-story Victorian house built from scratch, marks the entrance to the exhibition. All around it are uncanny reminders of the Seligs — the fictional family ostensibly lived here. I’m told the family has curiously disappeared after a break in the space-time continuum, and like all visitors, I’m set loose by the artists to explore the interdimensional mystery.