The 5 Pop-Up Art Experiences to Immerse Yourself In
April 22, 2019
BY KRISTEN SMART
If you’re at all clued into social media, you’ve undoubtedly seen Instagram pictures or Facebook posts of amazingly vibrant colors, futuristic worlds, or crazy amounts of candy.
These are all part of the new immersive art experience that boasts of creating a unique, sensory experience for viewers who come visit. Critics say they aren’t worth the money, but Instagram lovers might tell you a different story.
Here’s the low down on the current pop-ups as well as those that will open soon so you can decide for yourself if it’s worth it!
After a successful debut in Houston, with sold-out days and lines out the door, TFTI Experience has brought its 12 insta-worthy rooms to Arlington, through the next few weeks! The creative rooms -- ranging in theme from Mirror Room to Pillow Fight to Upside Down -- and tons of varied photo activations are the perfect backdrop for guests. Whether looking for a new jaw-dropping selfie, team photos, or a new fun and quirky family portrait, TFTI has something for everyone to revel in! TFTI is open from Thursday through Sunday and tickets are $25 each, which you reserve in one hour increments.
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Snap 151 is an interactive photo pop-up studio where photography, an Instagram post, or a selfie is basically required on your visit. This space is bursting at the seams with tantalizing colors, interactive décor, and offers a full sensory experience. Snap 151 first opened up in Fort Worth where the installation ran for nearly a month before it packed up and moved to Dallas. This newly located version in Mockingbird station just opened up and will remain open until May 19th. Tickets are $20 for adults or $10 for children under 3, and gives you access to the space for 50 minutes to snap as many photos as you can.
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Candytopia is just what you might think it is; a sugary themed immersive art installation that promises to provide larger than life, sensory experiences for all guests. This is the latest pop-up to arrive in Dallas and plans to provide candy themed adventures through July at The Hill. For $30 a ticket, guests can meander through over a dozen rooms full of candy covered sea creatures or flying unicorns, marshmallow pools, and confetti explosions. In true Texas fashion, this exhibit also features candy versions of Big Tex and a Dallas Cowboys helmet. The best part though, you really can eat some of the candy. Candytopia offers samples from The Black Forest and Trolli to enhance your sugary experience!
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Sweet Tooth Hotel: Discotech
Sweet Tooth Hotel was the first pop-up to open up in Dallas, and is still perhaps the most popular of them all. Owners Cole and Jencey Keeton recently expanded to a bigger space in Victory Park, added a bar to the experience for guests over 21, and launched their 3rd installation. The original installation at Sweet Tooth featured 5 sugary themed rooms full of popular treats, the second was entitled ‘1955’ and was a futuristic rocket ship adventure, and the third, ‘Discotech’, which opens May 25th, promises to be a sensory adventure combining music and new media. Tickets are $20 for general admission or $40 for VIP which offers access to an additional bonus installation.
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Psychedelic Robot in an immersive art experience produced by the Bivins gallery in collaboration with The Crescent, and is located within a massive 12,000 square foot space. The original installation, which closed in December last year, was a culmination of work from over 12 artists and featured colorful, interactive spaces designed to mesmerize viewer’s senses.
For $35 a ticket, patrons could traipse through the numerous exhibits on the first floor or pop up to the second floor where they could grab a drink at the bar, peruse the gallery of pieces for sale, or just listen to music at the DJ booth. Psychedelic Robot plans to open up a second exhibit sometime in 2019, but details of when or what the theme will be have yet to be released. Until then, check out the new exhibit at the Bivins Gallery, ‘1969: Get Back to Where You Once Belonged’ which was inspired by the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock and plans to be a tribute to all things ‘60s.