Remember the crazy halfpipe that was inside of the Fisher building earlier this year? George Leichtweis, the guy who designed it, artist Ryan McGinness, Tony Hawk, Bedrock, Library Street Collective and Cranbrook Art Museum came together to bring Detroit Wayfinding. Wayfinding is an art installation and skate park at Bedrock’s Monroe Blocks development, which is the area bounded by Randolph Street, Bates Street, Cadillac Square and Monroe Avenue.

Wayfinding is a 4,600 square foot temporary public skate park, designed by Tony Hawk, and built by Leichtweis from Modern Skate and Surf. The park was designed to maximize the experience as well as function, and it will have six skate-able elements inspired by the city of Detroit. Of course, there’s a viewing area for spectators, because who isn’t curious about how art and skateboarding do when they’re mixed together?

Library Street Collective and the Crankbrook Art Museum are behind the production of Wayfinding and McGinness has done other large-scale skate park installations for places like the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and also Art Basel Miami Beach, so you know this is bound to be big.

Cranbrook Art Museum is known for their history of bringing the community together through their collections and programming, and that’s exactly why Library Street Collective brought them on as a partner in this project.

Cranbrook will be showcasing different performances and activities between August and October, co-curated by Laura Mott, Curator of Contemporary Art and Design at Cranbrook Art Museum, and Ryan Myers-Johnson, Director and Founder of Sidewalk Detroit.

McGinness will also launch a big exhibition at Cranbrook Art Museum called Studio Views, to complement his involvement in Wayfinding.

Keep an eye on the progress by following Bedrock Detroit here. Visit them online at www.bedrockdetroit.com.

Photo credit: Bedrock Detroit

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