Downtown Detroit is getting its very own surrealist beach


  • Noah Kalina
Life's a beach. In the case of Detroit's latest art installation, life is a super surreal beach ball — lots of them.

"The Beach Detroit" is an interactive art installation by New York art house, Snarkitecture and the latest to wash up on the shore of Detroit's playful art scene thanks to Library Street Collective. "The Beach" will make a splash at 1001 Woodward Ave., in downtown Detroit, in a space that recently housed the cute as heck FriendsWithYou skating installation, Rainbow City Roller Rink.

While it may not resemble a literal beach, as it is devoid of sand, water, and sun, there are familiar visual elements that harken back to summertime and taking a dive requires a bit of imagination.
  • Noah Kalina
The downtown space will be transformed and will be entirely white from floor to ceiling. The "water" will be made up of thousands of translucent recyclable, antimicrobial plastic balls. (In other words, not your average, germ-infested McDonald's ball pit.) The installation will feature two "piers" that will allow visitors to observe as well as an island. According to the press release, monochromatic deck chairs, lifeguard chairs, umbrellas, and signage will be strewn throughout the space and act as a nod to the traditional beach-going experience.

"The Beach" will open to the public on Friday, March 1 and will remain open through Sunday, April 14. It is free and billed as being a family-friendly experience. Visitors are invited to dive in on Wednesday-Friday, noon-8 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. For more information, visit the

Watch D.C.'s National Building Museum set up for "The Beach" below.

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