The holiday decorations might be starting to come down, but the spectacular spirit of light and color will continue with LuminoCITY Detroit, a large-scale, interactive art installation. Now until February 18, experience the 16 outdoor art pieces in and around downtown Detroit’s Central Business District.
Sponsored by a collaborative partnership between Quicken Loans, Bedrock and DTE Energy, stroll through the streets of downtown and witness the various sizes, shapes and technological capabilities of statues ranging from 12 – 100 feet. Each sculpture is easily reachable via five-minute walks between each site.
With the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in full swing, Detroit-based businesses are thrilled to include LuminoCITY as an attraction to the expected 800,000+ Detroiters, out of town visitors and international media who converge in the city during the month of January.
“It is an opportunity for the creation of new events and experiences. We want to promote the best things to do in the city to the large audience of visitors and metro Detroiters,” said Helen Johnson, VP of Community Activation for Quicken Loans and Bedrock.
“LuminoCITY will help create an environment that encourages people to walk and discover downtown, and hopefully increase visits to public spaces, businesses, restaurants, retailers, cultural institutions, galleries and events.”
The structure of the LuminoCITY sculptures is an adaptive space-frame technology from Stereobot, a Los Angeles-based company that specializes in temporary outdoor public space activation. The installations are site-special experiences with bright colors that correspond with a curated soundtrack and come to life with custom video mapping.
“We are here to advance space frame technology into the 21st century and really enable the disciplines of architecture, art and entertainment to flourish while producing a next level experience,” said Alexis Rochas, a teacher of architecture at SCI-Arc and co-founder of Stereobot, who created the 16 pieces on display in Detroit.
The installations are made from aluminum and fabric, a lightweight rigid, geometric structure that you can dance with, listen to, touch and watch.
LuminoCITY was an initiative to enhance Detroit’s recent recognition of a UNESCO City of Design-designated city, showcasing the innovative art, technology and design of Detroit.
“DTE Energy is proud to showcase these artistic, engaging and uniquely engineered light installations throughout the city of Detroit for visitors and residents to enjoy,” said Trevor F. Lauer, President and Chief Operating Officer, DTE Electric.
“We are committed to positively impacting Detroit’s economic prosperity and continued growth. Our support of this project helps to promote the innovation, culture, and vitality of Detroit for people from around the world to experience.”
There are six opportunities to experience the larger-than-life light sculptures:
East & West Grand Circus Park
COBO Hall at the NAIAS (until 1/22/17):
LuminoCITY runs January 9 – February 18. Grab your winter jackets, bundle up and take a walk around Detroit’s hottest restaurants, shopping centers and attractions and witness the LuminoCITY sculptures along the way.