The Beach Detroit was an interactive installation by New York-based design group Snarkitecture. Situated in the heart of Downtown Detroit at 1001 Woodward Ave, this free and family-friendly installation was open to the public from Friday, March 1, 2019 through April 28th. The Beach reimagined the familiar natural and cultural elements of a day at the beach to create an unexpected and memorable experience for people of all ages. Visitors ascended a ramp before entering an all-white enclosure, where the floor descended towards the highlight of the experience - an ocean of recyclable, antimicrobial plastic balls. Two piers extended out into the ‘sea’, allowing people to stand in the center of the space and watch others, while a separate island in the center invited exploration and discovery. Visual cues such as deck chairs, lifeguard chairs, umbrellas, and signage recalled elements of the typical beach-going experience, however, these elements were made surreal by a monochrome uniformity throughout the interior spaces. 

The Beach Detroit was produced by Library Street Collective with the assistance of Cranbrook Art Museum and is supported by Bedrock and Quicken Loans Community Fund.


About Snarkitecture

Snarkitecture is a New York-based collaborative design practice established to investigate the boundaries between disciplines. The name is drawn from Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of The Snark, a poem describing the “impossible voyage of an improbable crew to find an inconceivable creature.” In its search for the unknown, Snarkitecture creates work that includes large-scale projects, installations and objects.

Snarkitecture’s work focuses on the reinterpretation of everyday materials, structures and programs to new and imaginative effect. With a conceptual approach centered on the importance of experience, the studio creates unexpected and memorable moments that invite people to explore and engage with their surroundings.

ABOut library street collective

Library Street Collective specializes in cutting edge contemporary fine art with a focus on emerging and established artists who have pushed the boundaries of traditional medium and exhibition space. Located in the heart of downtown Detroit, we present regular group and solo exhibitions while contributing to the artistic renaissance of the city's public, private, and heritage spaces. It is our mission to bring both world-renowned artists and exciting new work to a reimagined Detroit, as well as carry this sentiment as we expand our presence through exhibitions, special projects and art fairs nationally and internationally.