Nov 29, 2023 - News

Help curate Detroit's public art music playlist

Rendering of the Sounds of Detroit art installation at the Cass Avenue bridge over I-94.

Rendering of the "Sounds of Detroit" art installation. Rendering: Courtesy of MDOT

The state wants your help picking Detroit-themed songs for a new art installation at the Cass Avenue bridge being built over I-94.

Why it matters: "Sounds of Detroit" — a sculpture meant to serve as a gathering place near the bridge — will feature laser-cut, serpentine lines representing sound waves.

  • The titles and artists corresponding to the 10 winning songs will appear as text rolling with the sound waves.

Driving the news: Voting ends Dec. 10.

State of play: The survey includes songs either by Detroit natives or produced and recorded at the United Sound Systems Recording Studio in Midtown.

  • That criteria opens the contest to a wide range of artists, from Aretha Franklin to the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Catch up fast: The art project is part of a broader plan to modernize I-94 with improved roadways, bridges and interchanges between the I-94/I-96 interchange and Conner Street.

Between the lines: Cliff Garten Studio, from Venice, Calif., was picked from 146 artists who applied to design the project. The studio has been involved in other public art and bridge projects around the country.

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