We recently learned about Seismique, an immersive art experience, from my brother. Seismique is in West Houston off of Highway 6, near West Oaks Mall, in a former Bed Bath and Beyond space. It is similar to the Color Factory in Houston (Upper Kirby), where Sajan and the kids had a great time last year with all the colors, shapes and Instagrammable scenes.
A group of artists got together and brought this space to life with more than 40 mind-bending rooms.
First Impressions: From Unassuming to Mesmerizing
Outside, it looks very unassuming, which immediately changes when you step foot inside. We arrived 30 minutes early and waited just a few minutes before being let in. It wasn’t too crowded outside. I did get a little nervous about social distancing when they let us in for check-in because the kiosks inside are a little close to each other. For the rest of the visit, we were careful to keep our distance if any crowding began.
The lobby is a huge space with pop-art like cartoonish black and white artistry (minus pops of color or people’s faces). On the far left is a cafe, and on the far right is a gift shop. There are a few different ways to get out of the lobby and enter the art rooms, and we went through the center entrance. Hand sanitizer was accessible throughout.
The main warehouse-like room has little stations and then paths that lead to a maze of interconnected rooms. Our clothes glowed in the dim semi-dark rooms, with neon lights everywhere.
At two stations in the main room, we were immediately greeted by bubbles above us, growing like little plant buds and then falling gently toward us. They reflected the lights and almost looked like they had secret messages written on them.
An Interconnected Maze of Rooms
The maze-like paths begin with reflective mirrors and lights. It will make you want to pretend you’re in a music video. There are so many little cut-out paths, so we meandered through them. If we weren’t careful, we would have missed a few rooms. Some have buttons that set off music and lights. It’s a stimulating, highly imaginative atmosphere. The rooms are tall and designed to bring your eye up, with designs even on the ceiling. Some rooms are stark white or dark, and most are weird, bizarre, organic, and colorful, with surprising twists.
We were about to walk out when a staff member told us there was a little display to see in the gift shop, too.
I’m going to share my four favorite rooms. Each room has the artists listed and may have a name, but since I don’t know the room names, I’m making them up here.
No. 1: Serene circles
These globes look almost like a bed of clouds or giant massage beads I want to lay on top of like a bed. There is whimsical, bright, yet calming music and an changing assortment of pastel ice cream colors. When you hit one, a music and color display glides across the group like a set of dominoes falling.
No. 2: Acid rain
This is a room in a corner where it’s black. You could easily miss it. There was a door an employee opened for us. The room has water falling like rain everywhere except the perimeter and a path inside that you have to look carefully to find, like a small maze. It’s dark with a green tint that looks like night vision but through your own actual eyes. The rain almost looks fake, but you can put your hands through it. It’s so soothing to hear the pitter-patter white noise.
No. 3: Mirror video game room
There’s a tiny hallway like room you will miss if you’re not careful. It is covered in a design of boxy mirrors with laser lights running through them. There’s a flat console where you can hover over it with your hands or tap it to move some lines and then activate more sounds and lights.
No. 4: Geometric line lights
This is simply an aesthetically beautiful room. You hit the buttons and watch the lights move with sound.
Sajan noted that while Color Factory and Seismique are similar, the first one’s location attracts more of a young singles/couples crowd, and second attracts lots of families with young children. That could be because of the location.
It does cost a pretty penny for a ticket, but I think we got our money’s worth with the volume of rooms and the level of skill, artistry, and detail that went into each. There are some empty spaces where they are planning to expand into even more rooms.
It was overall a great way to spend time with our kids, take in some creative energy, and kick off Spring Break.