WHAT TO DO MEOW
Meow Wolf, an arts and entertainment collective, is creating in Denver. The group has been constructing a brand-new 90,000-square-foot maximalist playground that’ll house the brand’s signature style of multimedia experiences. (If you’re not familiar with Meow Wolf’s work, it’s like a jungle gym, a haunted house, and a children’s museum got together and hosted a rave.) The new space is right next to Mile High Stadium in Denver, where it popped up like outta nowhere in the tight space just a few feet south of the Colfax Ave. overpass of I-25. You haven’t noticed it yet? Weird. It’s impossible to miss now that it’s all lit up at night; you should really get out more.f you’re anything like us, you’ve been daydreaming about the first time you’ll romp around the trippy immersive art installations that
Kidding! Kidding! You need to stay home just like the rest of us until the people in charge say it’s safe to go out. What’s that? You’re really sick of staying home? You’ve run out of ways to entertain yourself, and you really need some creative inspiration and outlets? Gotchu covered.
Or rather Meow Wolf does. While its team is hard at work filling that shiny new interior with interactive art from more than 110 creatives—painters, architects, sculptors, performers, writers, all the wonder-makers from near and far, oh, my!—the art community also found the time to dream up Meow Wolf at Home, a place to discover family-friendly art projects and creative inspiration.
At meowwolf.com/at-home, you’ll find creative resources, projects and prompts (how to make a mandala with things around the house; how to turn egg cartons into wall-worthy flowers), fun and games, and (this is the part we think you’ll dig most) a free downloadable coloring book. Heed the artists’ advice and feel free to ignore the lines as you saturate the pages with a multitude of hues. And as you do, imagine what it’ll be like to emerge from your home and immerse yourself in Meow Wolf when it does open on a yet-to-be-determined future date. Whenever that is, we’ll for sure see you there.
SENSI FANS: SHOW US YOUR ART!
We’re launching a new series spotlighting work made by the talented people in our creative community. Because we know that you, like us, are not merely sheltering in place. We’re Artists in Residence. Share your creative projects and tag us on Instagram, @sensimagazine, for a chance to be spotlighted in an upcoming edition or on sensimag.com.
A new 12-month pilot program at Denver International brings food straight to travelers wherever they are at the airport. With Eats Delivered powered by the At Your Gate app (available in the App Store; coming soon to Google Play), you can skip the lines and any unnecessary contact that could come with it without skipping the chance to fuel up before or after your flight. Order from any of the seven participating restaurants—including Denver Central Market and Root Down— pay on the app, and your tasty snacks will come to you thanks to the wonders of GPS location services—delivered right to you at your gate, your baggage claim, or anywhere else in the airport you may be, all within 30 minutes or less.
Prices are the same as restaurants’ grab-and-go menus, plus a $5 delivery fee. It’s a small price to pay to have Root Down’s almond buttermilk pancakes with muesli granola and strawberry jam in your belly before takeoff, no matter which terminal you’re departing from.
ALL SORTS OF LIT
Get out and take in the spectacle of Denver’s latest holiday attraction: the Mile High Tree. Following its sparkling debut last year, the bright landmark returns to its perch on the 16th Street Mall at Welton Street. The largest installation of its kind in North America, the tree was created by ILMEX Illumination, a globally renowned decorative lighting production company in Spain. Madrid-based Brut Deluxe handled the lighting design using pixel-mapping technology.
During open times, visitors to the tree are treated to festive and holiday songs timed to the tree’s light displays. When it’s not open (and who knows if it’ll actually be open as originally planned, because we don’t have to tell you, you’re aware, you’re living through it, too), it’s still something pretty to see, thanks to its entertaining light show. In case the soundtrack isn’t playing, bring some headphones for the whole fam and launch Spotify’s new “Listen Together” feature so you can listen to your fave holiday tunes together. We recommend Bruce Springsteen’s “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” because, damn, the Boss gets so excited about the jolly old man’s seasonal visit that it sounds like he’s breaking down in tears, and that level of excitement is the good kind of contagious we all could use right now.
IF YOU’RE COMING TO SKI AREAS FOR LATE-NIGHT PARTIES AND BARS, THIS IS NOT THE SKI SEASON FOR YOU … IT’S A MATTER OF WHAT FOLKS DO AT THE END OF THE SKI DAY TO STAY SAFE.”
—Governor Jared Polis during a virtual interview for the Washington Post Live series last month
The new public artwork at Denver International Airport has one notorious doppelgänger.
The Denver International Airport’s is a place of international intrigue; its infamous artworks a source of lore. Nefarious conspiracy theories about DIA abound, with conjecture that the airport is a secret meeting lair for the New World Order and the Free Masons, replete with hidden tunnels. Other rumors suggest it’s the Illuminati headquarters, where bunkers will serve as a safe space for the world’s elite, who will follow clues coded in the airport’s public art collection about how to survive during the apocalypse.
Unfortunately, we can’t ask Luis Jiménez, the artist behind the most controversial work in the airport’s collection—the giant Blue Mustang sculpture with glowing demonic red eyes guarding the airport’s entrance and exit—to decipher the apocalyptic clues. Alas the horse known as “Bluecifer” killed him. Literally. While Jiménez was working to complete the sculpture, the head came loose and fell on him, severing an artery in his leg. He bled to death. So, yeah, Bluecifer is a nod to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, obviously.
Elsewhere at DIA, glaring gargoyle sculptures in the terminals, the 28-foot-wide murals depicting bodies in coffins, dead animals, and crying children fleeing a scene of burning trees and billowing smoke add fuel to the conspiracy fires.
And now there’s Luminous Wind fanning the flames. In November, DIA’s public art collection gained a new sculpture at Peña Station—and it undeniably looks like the very virus that has made 2020 look a whole lot like an apocalypse.
Created by artists Laura Haddad and Thomas Drugan, the sculpture is made from “environmentally activated materials”—952 clear prismatic rods that reflect and refract light radiating out from a sphere. The $350,000 sculpture is said to be “inspired by grasses of the windswept plains landscape,” but as 9News anchor Kyle Clark tweeted when it was unveiled, “Umm, this looks like the Rona.” (Coronavirus, that is.) Internet conspiracy theorists everywhere agreed.
What apocalyptic clues the new Luminous Wind sculpture contains, however, is under discussion and up for interpretation. If you stop to check it out (it’s located at 61st and Peña at Peña Station), wear a mask, OK? DIA artwork has a reputation of being deadly.
PETA advocates won’t be tossing paint on these vegan coats.
Hemp fur is an innovative new material created by DevoHome, a hemp textile producer founded in 2008. A replacement for both real and synthetic fur, this sustainable plant- based material is made with a mix of hemp fiber and viscose—naturally hypoallergenic and purely organic. It’s also potentially super stylish, as the new range of coats show.
The line includes a winter coat that’s double-breasted with a comfortable hood, as well as double-sided: one side is a water-repellent cotton fabric; the other is faux fur made of hemp fiber. The coats are available in a range of colors and lengths, and though they generally come in one size, they can be produced to specific measurements.
1. THE MORE THE MERRIER
One in three Americans now lives in a state where recreational cannabis is legal, thanks to voters in New Jersey, Arizona, Montana, and South Dakota supporting measures to legalize the plant for adult use.
2. MONEY WHERE THEIR MOUTH IS
Supporters of marijuana legalization in Arizona outraised and outspent opponents 10 to one leading up to Election Day. In New Jersey, that number was 99 to one.
3. THE COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION
According to a new Gallup Poll released in November, 68 percent of Americans support cannabis legalization. That’s 5.5 times more support than five decades ago in 1969. If you’re a young adult American male with a college degree earning more than $100k, there’s at least a 74 percent chance you support legalization, according to the poll. If you’re Republican or attend religious services weekly, there’s a 52 percent chance you don’t.
4. MAGIC MONEY
David Bronner of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps wrote checks totaling more than $6.4 million toward drug-war reform campaigns this year, thanks in part to COVID-19, which has the soap business booming.
5. TRIPPING OVER NOTHING
Psychedelic mushrooms send the fewest people to the emergency room of any drug on the market, according to a massive report by the Global Drug Survey. Related: there are more than 100 varieties of psilocybin-producing mush- rooms, aka “magic mushrooms,” aka the kind Oregon voters legalized in November’s election.
While Denver’s Museum of Contemporary Art closed to the public on November 20 in compliance with Governor Polis’s public health order, the cultural institution continues to infuse our lives with a little bit of enlightenment. Free virtual programming weekly and an ever-expanding roster of digital offerings allows the artistic mainstay to continue to fulfill its purpose, which an email to the community announcing its temporary pandemic-induced closure assured us remains the same: “to be Denver’s creative center of gravity, sparking connections and curiosity through contemporary art and culture.”
If you want to support MCA’s continuing efforts to feed our intellect, browse the museum’s online shop to find unique gifts for the people on your holiday list. You’ll find home goods, notebooks and notecards, self-care bath products and candles, craft chocolates, and other great goodies. Personally, we’d love love love unwrapping these statement Arch Studs by favorite maker and artist TaylorNikole. Made by hand exclusively for MCA Denver, the one-of-a-kind polymer clay earrings ($45) are works of art that can elevate any outfit.
Find them and more at store.mcadenver.org.