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Step Into an Alternate Dimension at MOA’s Natura Obscura

Get ready to transport your body and mind—this trippy installation at Englewood's Museum of Outdoor Arts is out of this world. 


When day-to-day life becomes too much to bear, why not escape to an alternate dimension? The Museum of Outdoor Arts, in collaboration with Denver-based immersive art company, Prismajic, transformed its galleries into a multimedia, immersive experience for its winter installation. Starting Friday, January 11, guests are invited to enter into a self-guided tour of the environment, the cosmos, and everything in between.

The entire fantasy-like installation is based on elements of the environment—earth, wind, fire, and water—with subtle hints to philosophical questions, the knowledge of mankind, and religious schools of thought. “When you walk into this installation, you’re in a different state of mind,” says Cynthia Madden Leitner, MOA president and executive director. Natura Obscura poses the question, “What’s your nature?” in hopes that guests will react to the sights, smells, and sounds and contemplate what nature means to them.

The installation spans five rooms in addition to the Time Machine and Cabinet of Curiosities and Impossibles, which is a part of the museum’s permanent exhibitions. The journey begins in the main atrium, aka the surreal forest. Here, everything glows. From woodland creatures to twinkling lights on the walls and ceiling, the details look like a scene from a science fiction movie.

Upon entry, guests are told to download the free Natura Obscura app which reveals augmented reality and hidden messages throughout the experience. In addition, guests are given a black flashlight which uncovers philosophical quotes and illustrations throughout the main gallery.