Factory Obscura – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - Atlas Obscura

Factory Obscura

An interactive installation held in the former psychedelic arts center founded by the frontman of the Flaming Lips. 

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Drenched with vibrant murals of robots and trippy geometric shapes, The Womb has stood out from anything else in downtown Oklahoma City. 

The arts complex—where you could once find colorful contemporary art shows, music performances, a creative agency, and a store—was the brainchild of Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips. Coyne co-started the Womb in 2011 with collaborators Rick Sinnett and Jake Harms, and it was not unusual to see some spare props from Flaming Lips stage shows like a mammoth disco ball or laser-shooting hands. 

Today the building has been reborn as Factory Obscura, an Oklahoma City art collective that creates interactive, immersive experiences meant to “awaken wonder, build community, and make the world better.” Visitors passing by can enjoy an interactive window display called “Boombox” where pushing the buttons on a giant cassette tape creates unexpected outcomes. Go inside and you will find the full building Mix-Tape installation. Inside, you’ll find all sorts of nooks and crannies to explore, with strange tunnels to crawl through, a perfect recreations of a teenagers bedroom and many more interactive spaces. You may even find the cranny with the ability to telecommunicate with visitors at Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return. 

Know Before You Go

Mix-Tape is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and has regular hours the rest of the week. The outdoor boom box can be accessed any time. There is a $15 per person and an extra $1 for the 3D glasses, which are highly recommended.