Artopia Combines Art and Technology for a Unique Interactive Experience

If you’ve always wanted to experience Meow Wolf, a series of large-scale immersive art installations in Santa Fe, Las Vegas and Denver, consider a visit to Artopia, where you can step into a different dimension in which light, color and sound intersect. Imagine that this creative universe is right in your backyard – and designed by local artists.

Artopia opened in Phoenix in March and features murals, sculptures and interactive art pieces by some of the most skilled street artists in Arizona. Start by stepping into an alien spacecraft strung with sound-activated LED lights and traverse through a futuristic landscape lined with colorful neon lights and otherworldly sculptures. Then, make your way through an ethereal cloud tunnel where more colorful light installations greet you on the other side. End your trip at the Artopia Lounge, where you can order art-themed cocktails and explore the outdoor Art Park and gallery at your leisure.

Photo by Madison Rutherford

The Artopia concept was conceived in Chicago by entertainment companies Superfrüit Presents and Fever. Following a wildly successful first run – the experience drew more than 20,000 attendees in two months – they decided to bring the installation to another large metropolitan market with a thriving arts scene: Phoenix.

Artopia’s mission is to provide a space where creators and the general public can connect over a shared love of interactive art. Its bold, impactful pieces aim to leave visitors inspired to create art of their own and encourages them to take pictures, videos and otherwise document their experience in their own unique way.

Photo by Madison Rutherford

The experience is open Thursday and Friday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. It is suitable for guests of all ages and the space can accommodate large groups. Artopia allows guests to explore an innovative and immersive art exhibit. For guests 21 and over, there’s also Artopia After Dark, a variety show that includes burlesque, street dance, drag performances, circus acts and more every Friday and Saturday starting at 10 p.m. It is a truly unique experience that embodies Artopia’s multifaceted, forward-thinking philosophy. The best part is that it also thoroughly represents the one-of-a-kind art and culture of Phoenix.

Artopia: The Immersive Art Experience, 313 W. Apache St.,

Anita Shire

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