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NOVEMBER 30, 2018 - January 27, 2019

 

Rainbow City Roller Rink an inflatable wonderland-turned-roller skating rink designed by acclaimed artist duo FriendsWithYou. Set inside 1001 Woodward Avenue and overlooking Campus Martius Park, the installation brings a colorful and whimsical experience to Downtown Detroit. The project is produced by Library Street Collective and supported by Bedrock Detroit and the Quicken Loans Community Fund.

Rainbow City Roller Rink presents a vibrant collection of weightless sculptures suspended from the ceiling of 1001 Woodward, hanging overhead as skaters traverse the rink’s striped floor and encouraging activity and exploration. Each balloon-like companion is minimal in form, composed of simple geometry and towering high above. The largest figure in the group features a rotating head and stands at over 30’ tall, reminiscent of carnivals or revolving signs off west coast highway roads. By dwarfing the audience, the totemic pieces trigger a sense of reverence, yet the softness and friendly features of these monoliths are welcoming and warm. The installation creates a surreal landscape intended to provoke an iconic and childlike awareness, and offers an opportunity to connect physically and psychologically with an energetic, ephemeral setting. Library Street Collective owner Anthony Curis looks forward to what the installation offers in terms of its interactivity, “The art of FriendsWithYou spreads a purity and positivity very rarely experienced outside of childhood, but is created for people of all ages. Their work has the power to take you out of the reality of the day to day and just be in the moment. We’re very excited to present such a seamless connection between art and activation in downtown for the holidays.”

Rainbow City Roller Rink is open to the public Wednesdays through Sundays, 2:00PM to 9:00PM until January 27, 2019. Entrance to the rink is free. Skates and lockers are available. Visitors must schedule their skate time and sign waivers in advance.