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Immersive dome, art experience draw well over 1,000 to Museum Hill

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The state's new immersive art dome was encircled by a rainbow during its temporary stay on Museum Hill. (Photo by Ethan Bach)

The state’s new immersive art dome was encircled by a rainbow during its temporary stay on Museum Hill. (Photo by Ethan Bach)

The giant immersive dome that appeared on Museum Hill last weekend for Friday night and Saturday showings of a video related to the “Pull of the Moon” art installation in Coyote Canyon drew 1,738 people, according to Caitlin Olsen, communications coordinator for New Mexico Arts.

“We are thrilled with these numbers!” she said.

The production by xRez Studios was only a few minutes long — perhaps a bit of a surprise for anyone expecting a longer experience.

But the stunning aerial views of the remote Coyote Canyon area on the Navajo Nation in New Mexico and the sometimes dislocating experience of soaring into the air were worth a visit, and many people sat through more than one loop of the visual experience.

The temporary art installation, which involved some of the project going up in flames, was a project of New Mexico Arts and the Navajo Nation Museum. It was a collaboration of Navajo artist Bert Benally and Chinese dissident artist Ai Wei-wei.

Arrangements are being made for the dome and the video to travel the state, with the potential for a return visit to Santa Fe in November.

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