July 20, 2017 (DETROIT) – Bedrock and the Quicken Loans Family of Companies will bring Wayfinding, an art installation and skate park by artist Ryan McGinness with help from skateboarding legend Tony Hawk, to the future site of Bedrock’s Monroe Blocks development, the area bounded by Randolph Street, Bates Street, Cadillac Square and Monroe Avenue that will soon include a multi-building, mixed-use development consisting of office, residential and retail space with ample parking and public spaces.
The 4,600 sq. ft. temporary public skate park is partly designed by Tony Hawk, the most influential skateboarder of all time, and built by George Leichtweis from Modern Skate and Surf, a huge player on the Detroit skate scene since the 1970s, and the designer of the Fisher Halfpipe, recently built in the Fisher Building. The park, which was designed to maximize fun as well as function, will include six skate-able elements inspired by Detroit as well as a viewing area for spectators. The project is produced by Library Street Collective with assistance from Cranbrook Art Museum.
“It’s exciting to see the skate scene continue to thrive in Detroit, and it is an honor to help with this project,” said Tony Hawk. “I think we made good use of the space thanks to Ryan, Bedrock and Quicken Loans, and planted the seeds for bigger, more permanent parks around Detroit in the near future.”
Wayfinding will open to the public on Wednesday, August 16. The park is scheduled to remain open until Monroe Blocks construction begins, currently slated to break ground in January 2018. Wayfinding’s functional and mobile design will allow it to move to another location in the city following the Monroe Blocks groundbreaking.
Artist Ryan McGinness will utilize Hawk’s park design as inspiration for his artistic expression. McGinness is a well-known artist in the skating community and has done large-scale skate park installations for Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and Art Basel Miami Beach. He has also partnered with skateboard manufacturer Supreme to develop an exclusive line of boards for commercial sale. His vision for Wayfinding marries the disciplines of art, architecture and skating.
“The term ‘wayfinding’ refers to the discipline applied to guiding people through a physical environment. These strategies for helping people navigate space are usually applied by architects and designers,” said Ryan McGinness. “When in the hands of a skateboarder and artist, the traditional guidelines for wayfinding get upended.”
The Quicken Loans Family of Companies is a ‘For-More-Than-Profit’ enterprise with a mission of investing in its businesses, team members and communities. Our community focus is to grow Detroit’s population, drive job growth, and increase opportunity for all. Wayfinding, along with other art and placemaking investments, reflects the Family of Companies’ commitment to the civic and cultural projects that activate and animate the city.
“It’s a long time coming for Detroit to have a state-of-the-art skateboard park, and we are proud to partner with Tony Hawk and others to make it happen,” said Helen Johnson, Quicken Loans Vice President of Strategic Investment.
Since moving to Detroit in 2010, the Quicken Loans Family of Companies has become the largest employer in the city. The Family of Companies employs 17,000 full time team members, including 3,500 Detroit residents who live throughout the city, making it the largest single employer of Detroit residents as well. The organization has directly contributed nearly $130 million to various non-profit and civic initiatives to support Detroit’s neighborhoods, schools, and the city’s revitalization since moving downtown.
Downtown Detroit’s thriving art scene and dynamic urban landscape make it an ideal location for a community skate park. The project was originally proposed by Library Street Collective, a local gallery that partners with Bedrock to infuse art into their many buildings and the public spaces surrounding them.
“The Wayfinding skate park truly captures the creative and collaborative spirit of Detroit – we’ve brought together a unique team of artists, professional athletes, architects, and programming experts to bring this project to life,” said Anthony Curis, Library Street Collective.
Library Street Collective brought Cranbrook Art Museum on as a partner on the project, which has a rich history of bringing people together through their exhibitions, collections, publications and programming. Cranbrook will present a series of performances and activities between August and October co-curated by Laura Mott, Curator of Contemporary Art and Design at Cranbrook Art Museum, and Ryan Myers-Johnson, Director and Founder of Sidewalk Detroit.
Complementary to the downtown Detroit project, Ryan McGinness will launch an ambitious exhibition at Cranbrook Art Museum with support from Library Street Collective in November 2017. The exhibition, Ryan McGinness: Studio Views, will consist of a large-scale installation based on his studio practice and a presentation of drawings and iconography created from artworks in the Museum’s collection.
Detroit-based Bedrock is a full-service real estate firm specializing in acquiring, leasing, financing, and managing commercial and residential space. Since its founding in 2011, Bedrock and its affiliates have invested more than $3.5 billion in developing more than 100 properties in downtown Detroit and Cleveland totaling more than 16 million square feet. Bedrock’s real estate portfolio consists of more than 330 office and retail tenants in Detroit’s technology-centric downtown. For more information, visit www.bedrockdetroit.com or engage with us on Twitter @BedrockDetroit and Facebook.
About Quicken Loans
Detroit-based Quicken Loans Inc. is the nation’s second largest retail home mortgage lender. The company closed more than $300 billion of mortgage volume across all 50 states between 2013 and 2016. Quicken Loans moved its headquarters to downtown Detroit in 2010, and now more than 17,000 Quicken Loans and its Family of Companies team members work in the city’s urban core. Facebook.com/QuickenLoans.
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.
Library Street Collective partners with Bedrock often to add visual art to downtown Detroit’s skyline, including large scale projects like The Z parking garage featuring the work of 27 muralists, and The Belt—a formerly disused alley that has been transformed by Library Street Collective and Bedrock into a dynamic public space offering visitors entertainment, public arts programming and dining. Library Street Collective has also worked with Bedrock to add visual inside of their various buildings, including One Woodward Avenue, the First National Building, the Chrysler House and more.
About Cranbrook Art Museum
Cranbrook Art Museum is located on the campus of Cranbrook Educational Community in Bloomfield Hills. It is an integral part of Cranbrook Academy of Art, a community of Artists-in-Residence and graduate-level students of art, design, and architecture. The Art Museum, which was established in 1930 and opened in its current building in 1942, is Eliel Saarinen’s final masterwork at Cranbrook. Today, the Art Museum presents original exhibitions and educational programming on modern and contemporary architecture, art, crafts, and design, as well as traveling exhibitions, films, workshops, travel tours, and lectures by renowned artists, designers, artists, and critics throughout the year. For more information, visit www.cranbrookartmuseum.org.