Detroit alley being transformed into public art destination

Detroit alley being transformed into public art destination

One of downtown Detroit's former alleys is being reinvented and transformed into a public art gallery/destination.

The Z garage, from Grand River to Gratiot, is being transformed as a linear public space with murals, pavers, a revolving art exhibit and small lights suspended over its full length.

The Belt, as it has been dubbed, is a shared project by the Library Street Collective, an art gallery that is backing up to the alley, and the Z-owner Bedrock Real Estate Services.

The Library Street Collective and Bedrock Real Estate Services also partnered on the street-art murals that embellishes all ten floors of the garage that opened late last year.

Dan Mullen, vice president of leasing & development at Bedrock Real Estate, said, "The Belt creates the ultimate experience for people who come downtown and check out something you can't get anywhere else. It's a big public art piece."

The walls of Best has been adorned with a total of 12 permanent works of art, along with five murals that have been placed in big steel frames which will be changed every six months.

The new public art destination is scheduled to make its public debut with a live music and food party at 5 p. m. this Saturday. Benches and landscaping will be introduced in spring, when food and drink will become a regular feature.

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