What are you doing this winter? I know it’s easy to find yourself stuck in a rut, searching for something fun to do that’ll get you out of the house. Well, I have the place for you: It’s a place for everyone – Rainbow City!
Rainbow City Roller Rink is a colorful inflatable wonderland turned rollerskating rink, designed by critically acclaimed artistic duo FriendsWithYou. The pop-up rink made its debut on November 30 and has become a huge hit. If you’re looking for a wonderfully whimsical winter experience, Rainbow City is where you need to be; you can find it at 1001 Woodward Avenue, right across from Campus Martius.
When you first enter the rink, you’re greeted by a sea of bright colors, and next thing you know, you’re skating around a 30-foot-tall rotating head. The rink also features a collection of vibrant weightless sculptures that are suspended from the ceiling. And I can’t leave out the dizzying green-and-white-striped floor you skate on. The artists explain that this landscape is intended to evoke a childlike mood and put people in an energetic state of mind. It’s surrealism at its best.
FriendsWithYou is an art collaborative of Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III, who have been working together to create joyous pop-art experiences since 2002. This is the fifth installation of Rainbow City, which has previously appeared in Toronto, Miami’s Art Basel and New York’s High Line. To bring the residents of Detroit a local rink, FriendsWithYou joined up with Library Street Collective, a Detroit-based gallery that presents contemporary art and collaborates with commercial real estate partners. Skating at the rink is free, courtesy of Bedrock and the Quicken Loans Community Fund. How cool is that? So what are you waiting for? Hightail your way to Downtown Detroit and see this winter wonder for yourself.
Rainbow City Roller Rink is open to the public Wednesday – Sunday from 2:00 – 9:00 pm until January 27. Admission to the 5,880-square-foot rink is free for all visitors, and skates and lockers are available for use. In order to skate, you must schedule a time (which lasts for 45 minutes) and sign waivers in advance. Grab the family and friends and roll out before it’s gone!
For more information, visit RainbowCityDetroit.com.