Great Big Story traveled to Santa Fe, New Mexico to visit The House of Eternal Return, an enormous Victorian mansion on Rufina Circle that has been transformed in a highly immersive, interactive, explorational art experience full of psychedelic colors, random textures and secret portals to elsewhere.
The house was transformed by the Meow Wolf art collective. Founders Caity Kennedy and Emily Montoya explain the history of the house, particularly how the project was borne out of rules and chaos.
The House of Eternal return is a story about order and chaos. The anomaly a creative but mindless force of chaos and shadow people who represent order rules and structure…we’re both the anomaly and the shadow people because we have this like vision that we wanted to bring into the world and it was crazy and unrealistic but we realized in order to do that we had to provide the structures to support it.
“The House of Eternal Return” was built in 2016 with support from Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin.
Our first permanent installation, the THEA Award-winning House of Eternal Return, launched in March 2016 with support from Game of Thrones creator, George R.R. Martin. Inside, guests discover a multidimensional mystery house with secret passages, portals to magical worlds, and an expansive narrative amidst surreal, maximalist, and mesmerizing art exhibits. Located in Santa Fe, HOER features a children’s learning center, a cafe and bar, and a highly-rated music venue.