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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

The Womb

Psychedelic arts center founded by the frontman of the Flaming Lips. 

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

The arts complex — where you can find colorful contemporary art shows, music performances, a creative agency, and a store — is 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’s not unusual to see some spare props from Flaming Lips stage shows like a mammoth disco ball or laser-shooting hands. The long-running Oklahoma rock band, known for their psychedelic performances involving UFOs, dancing giant rabbits, and earnest music about life and death, has always been visually creative, and this is a place where you might dance in a thick smoke machine fog one night, or see some strange experimental music performance the next. 

The exterior main mural by Maya Hayuk is just one of the many rotating art experiments, including an actual “womb room” inside where you enter a not too subtle recreation of the art complex’s anatomical namesake, and wall paintings by visiting artists, all with the very DIY approach that has characterized the weird world of the Flaming Lips. 

Know Before You Go

Entrance is sometimes through the Dwelling Spaces store

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