They’re big, they’re bold, they’re colorful and they’re like nothing you’ve seen before in downtown Detroit. This winter, downtown Detroit will welcome thousands of people from around the globe for the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). The city will also play host to LuminoCITY, a large-scale, interactive art installation experience.
LuminoCITY is a network of 16 beautifully illuminated installations of various sizes and technological capabilities, in and around Detroit’s Central Business District. The larger-than-life installations will create stunning site-specific experiences using adaptive space-frame technology from Stereobot. Space-frame technology is a truss-like, lightweight rigid structure constructed from interlocking struts in a geometricpattern. LuminoCITY combines this technology with creativity, social media and brilliant, all-encompassing animation and imagery, producing not-to-be-missed sculptures and event architecture.
“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 sixteen pieces on display in Detroit.
Much like Detroit itself, LuminoCITY lives at the unique intersection of art, technology and design. LuminoCITY amplifies our steadfast commitment to being a UNESCO City of Design-designated city while showcasing downtown and celebrating Detroit’s rich automotive history during NAIAS.
LuminoCITY is brought to you by a collaborative partnership between Quicken Loans, Bedrock and DTE Energy. These Detroit-based businesses are passionate about enhancing the NAIAS experience for the 800,000+ Detroiters, out-of-town visitors and international media that visit Detroit during the month of January each year.
NAIAS is more than an auto show – it is truly a platform for collaboration, celebration, and the creation of new events and experiences in Detroit. It offers the opportunity to promote the best things to do in the city. Through LuminoCITY, we are creating a downtown environment that promotes walkability and discovery and drives foot traffic to great public spaces, businesses, restaurants, retailers, cultural institutions, galleries and events.
So this winter, grab your friends, family and co-workers and celebrate art, technology and manufacturing in Detroit, while exploring all the city has to offer.
You’ll be able to find installations at the following downtown Detroit locations starting on Monday, January 9 and running through mid-February:The LuminoCITY network makes each of the 16 sculptures easily reachable via five-minute walks between each site. The network connects more than 200 local restaurants, retailers, public spaces, and offices and residential buildings.
- Capitol Park
- East & West Grand Circus Park
- Hart Plaza
- Hudson’s Site
- Woodward Ave.
- COBO Hall @ NAIAS (until 1/22/17)
For more information, visit www.luminocityDET.com.
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