Twirl goes to Meow Wolf

By Tempo staff
Posted 2/19/20

Last month Twirl collaborated with the showing of the film Fantastic Fungi at the Taos Community Auditorium. You can now see and experience Twirl's wUNDER installation at Meow Wolf, in Santa Fe - and artful perspective of the extraordinary systems in nature that help trees communicate and support each other.

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Twirl goes to Meow Wolf

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Last month Twirl collaborated with the showing of the film Fantastic Fungi at the Taos Community Auditorium. You can now see and experience Twirl's wUNDER installation at Meow Wolf, in Santa Fe - and artful perspective of the extraordinary systems in nature that help trees communicate and support each other.

The installation features a colony of individually created paper mushrooms linked by illuminated strands of mycelium, presented from the underground up.

"What we perceive when we spy a mushroom is only the tippy top of a vast network of invisible mycelial connections that create and support life, including our own," says Anaïs Rumfelt, who created the installation with fellow Twirl colleagues Nikki Ross and Nina Silverberg.

This installation was originally designed by Twirl as part of the 2019 Paseo Art Festival. Every year Twirl partners with The Paseo to provide a collaborative art installation and educational programs to engage the community's youngest members and their families during the festival.

Twirl also develops concepts and curricula for in-school and family engagement events that infuse learning with play, art and movement, while providing an opportunity for participants to contribute to the final Paseo installation in the courtyard at Twirl.

The PASEO theme in 2019 was "Connections" and Twirl explored the hidden networks of the natural world from the underground up -- the wUNDER.

Close to 1,000 students and families explored the life-sustaining symbiotic networks in nature in outreach programs. During the festival over 1,500 visitors participated in an immersive and awe-inspiring experience of the wUNDER of nature, connecting creatively and consciously as a community through The Paseo.

In January, wUNDER went on to the TCA for the screening of the documentary, "Fantastic Fungi." This film proved very popular in Taos, and attracted an audience of nearly 1,000 people over the four days it was screened.

Moviegoers got to experience the physical manifestation of the concepts in the film as immersive art sharing space in the theater.

Twirl then contacted Meow Wolf, and their exhibit and facilities director came up to Taos to see the installation, which was at that point in storage. It excited them enough that the following week, the Twirl team went down to Santa Fe to install wUNDER in the learning center at Meow Wolf.

Visitors will be able to see Twirl's wUNDER as they enter the building. Twirl is hoping to share some of the curricula that accompanies the installation with the staff of the learning center, continuing the educational aspects of the project with even more children and families.

Twirl Play and Discovery Space, on Camino de la Placita, is an educational nonprofit providing creative play and learning opportunities for children and families.

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