Come Memorial Day weekend, Detroit's Hart Plaza won't just be full of thumping bass and daytime revelers dancing along. Techno fans at the Movement Electronic Movement Festival this year will also get an eyeful of wild art installations designed specifically for the event, thanks to CAMP Detroit.
In its third year, the CAMP Detroit (Community Arts Moving Projects) program offers stipends to artists who live in Detroit or the metro area and have a "strong connection" to the city. This year, individuals and teams of artists working on six projects will receive $1,500 each to create pieces that incorporate light, movement (no pun intended), auto design and vegetation -- look for the huge boombox made of flowers.
The artists come together for several hard-working weeks of production in the CAMP studio this month before setting up their creations at Movement. One of the best parts? After the festival, works get a second life and are slated to be installed in other locations around the city.
We were blown away by the installations from 2012's crop of CAMPers, and this year's winning projects look promising as well. They may not pack a punch in 2D, but turn on some Carl Craig to set the mood, and look below for the winning designs.
Use your imagination -- these artists certainly did.
Artist: Aaron Blendowski with Kelson Helbig and Brandon Richards This installation will play on the sense of sight. People walking up to and around the piece will experience a visual shift in the patterns of the barrier. We want festival goers to gather, interact and enjoy the installation on whatever level they choose.
Artist: Maya Stovall withTodd “Quaint” Stovall A minimalist sculpture installation blurring the lines between form and function. Inviting the public to fully inhabit space, technicolor shapes testify in silence.
Artist: Emily Thornhill A vertical garden rendered by the color and texture of vegetation to resemble a 90’s boom box, promoting the perception of self as part of a greater whole.
Artist: Patrick Ethen with Simon Anton, Eiji Jimbo and Rachel Mulder The Good-Time Floral-Bloom Spatial-Equalizer Canopy is a viscerally engaging, audio-responsive light and color sculpture.
Artist: Luis Antonio An element of the REbirth of Detroit, STALA Infinite combines automobile design-knowledge for inspiration and cutting-edge LED technology with local production.
Artist: William Tyrrell. A 20’ tall series of ascending linear cubes using rhythmic progression, color, and light to mimic the characteristics of a lighthouse.
Images and captions provided by CAMP Detroit.