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The Vision Gland Collective Is Bringing a Weird, Wonderful 12-Room Project to Maker Faire Austin

Magic happens when a group of people come together to create collaboratively under a single vision. Sometimes that vision is kind of fuzzy at first but then gets fine-tuned with ideas, contributions, and skills leant by each of the members.

I’ve always been fascinated by collaborative art, especially large-scale installations. In our busy lives, it’s often a daunting task to get five people to pick a date to have dinner together, much less a large group to work on a creation that takes months of hard effort.

Meet Austin, Texas’ Vision Gland, a group of makers and artists who came together organically to create big, funky, interactive installations. Inspired by Meow Wolf, “an arts production company that creates immersive, multimedia experiences that transport audiences of all ages into fantastic realms of storytelling” and their incredible building-wide installation called House of Eternal Return in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Vision Gland started with a wild idea and a Facebook post. They unveiled their first installation, The Vessel behind the Austin Tinkering School during East Austin Studio Tour to the delight of the community. The Vision Gland crew has a new 30×50-foot, 12-room project in the works called The Passage, and it’s going to be installed and unveiled at 8th annual Maker Faire Austin, taking place May 13 and 14, at the Palmer Events Center.

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