The Beach Detroit is an interactive public art installation in downtown Detroit that creatively reimagines the experience of a day at the beach. Visitors ascend a ramp before entering an all-white enclosure, where the floor descends towards an ocean of over one million recyclable, antimicrobial plastic balls—an unexpected and memorable experience for people of all ages. A pier extends out into the “sea,” allowing people to stand in the center of the space and watch others, while an island invites exploration and discovery. Deck chairs, lifeguard stands, and umbrellas recall other elements of the typical beach-going experience. Initially presented to critical and popular acclaim in Washington, D.C. in 2015, The Beach has since traveled to Tampa, Sydney, Paris, and Bangkok.

Snarkitecture is a New York-based collaborative design practice that creates work that includes large-scale projects, public art installations, and discrete objects. Focusing on the inventive reinterpretation of everyday materials, structures, and programs to new and imaginative effect, the studio creates unexpected and memorable moments that invite people to explore and engage with their surroundings.

The Beach Detroit is presented and supported by Library Street Collective and organized with  the assistance of Cranbrook Art Museum, and is generously supported by Bedrock and the Quicken Loans Community Fund.

Location:

1001 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226


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