Monday, January 7, 2019

A Mirage You Will Want to See

The State Savings Bank on the corner of Fort and Shelby in Downtown Detroit officially opened its doors on May 31, 1900. The historical building features classic columns, stunning marble work, and an old fashioned bank vault right in the middle. Over the years, the building was used as a bank, a marketplace, offices, and even as a home for puddles when the roof was caving in. Then, in 2014 Bedrock Properties purchased the space and began a redesign. People speculated that it would once again become offices or maybe even a parking garage, but for the time being, it's home to one of the coolest art installations in the city, Mirage Detroit. This larger than life mirrored installation is currently housed inside the historical savings bank. The living art piece was created by Doug Aitken for the Library Street Collective and it is currently free to walk through if you want to take the time to experience something different.
Photo from the Library Street Collective 
We visited the space over the holiday break to see what it was all about and we really enjoyed experiencing the art and getting a peek inside the building. It was stunning to walking into the 70,000-square-foot building for the first time and it was interesting to see the inside of a vault that was built over a century ago. It was also fascinating to see how the installation and the building played off each other to create different mirages as you walked through the "house". This means you might end up walking into a wall in one room and taking the best lit selfie of your life in another. 
The installation will be open to the public through February. It is currently open Wednesday and Thursdays from 12-8 PM, Friday and Saturday from 12-10 PM, and Sunday 12-5 PM. You can find out more about it and see more photos from Mirage here. P.S. you have to walk through a lot of rocks to get inside the house, don't wear heels to this one! 


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