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‘Prismatica’ Art Installation Debuts in Beacon Park

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Twenty five pivoting prisms that reflect every color in the visible spectrum and transmit music have landed in The District Detroit.

The 6-foot-tall structures make up a traveling public art installation called Prismatica, which is being held at Beacon Park located at Grand River and Cass. This month-long exhibit is another unique event happening in The District Detroit this fall along with many other concerts, shows, Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons games scheduled at Little Caesars Arena.

The free participatory exhibit launched in Beacon Park on October 14 and will remain open until Sunday, Nov. 18. Visitors can walk among the prisms to see city life in every color of the spectrum and turn the prisms to make the colors dance.

Toronto-based architect and design group RAW Design created the dynamic art installation, which resembles large kaleidoscopes, creating color-shifting patterns and reflections on their surroundings. Each structure comprises of panels covered with dichroic film that reflects assorted colors, depending on the angle and light source. Upon rotation, the prisms emit “variable-intensity bell music.”

RAW Design debuted the project at the 2014 Luminothérapie Competition at the Quartier des Spectacles, a premier entertainment district in Montreal. The international sensation was among two winners selected by juries of the annual public art event, and has gone on to dazzle crowds in Ottawa, Calgary, Georgetown and Baltimore.

About The District Detroit

The District Detroit is a dynamic urban destination in the heart of Detroit. One that includes something for everyone—a dense neighborhood experience with a variety of developments alongside Detroit’s premier sports and entertainment venues. Connecting downtown Detroit to growing nearby neighborhoods such as Midtown, Corktown and Brush Park, The District Detroit is having a dramatic economic impact on Detroit and is a driving catalyst of the city’s remarkable resurgence. The District Detroit represents $1.4 billion in new investment to Detroit including the new Little Caesars Arena, Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University and Little Caesars world headquarters campus expansion. Additionally, new office, residential and retail spaces will continue to add momentum to Detroit’s amazing comeback for years to come.