The Z-shaped parking structure will display murals by artists from Detroit to Spain to the Ukraine and Switzerland. (Sal Rodriguez / Library Street Collective)
Downtown Detroit’s newest parking garage is more than concrete and pavement — it’s splashed in the colors of 27 artists from around the world.
The 10-story Z-shaped structure, nicknamed “The Z,” is set to open in December. The 535,00-square-foot building will include 34,000 square feet of retail space, 1,300 parking spaces — and murals by artists from Detroit to Spain to the Ukraine and Switzerland.
“The Z isn’t just about shopping and parking; it will allow visitors an opportunity to experience refreshing and intriguing art inside a building they would least expect to see it,” said Dan Mullen, vice president of development at Bedrock Real Estate Services, in charge of the building’s construction. “From the abstract facade to boutique retail, along with the street-art experience, The Z will be a place people want to visit over and over again."
SMASH137, an artist from Switzerland, crafted a colorful mural on the roof that includes bright reds, yellows and blue hues. Dabs & Myla, an Australian artist, has a whimsical piece on the inside of the lot that includes a cartoon pineapple, house and monkey.
The artists will showcase their works in a Friday morning media tour.
The new structure stretches from the corner of Broadway and East Grand River to the corner of Gratiot and Library Street.