Wayfinding:
Ryan McGinness
Tony Hawk

 
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An Art Installation
and Skate Park
 

Wayfinding is a 4600 sq. ft. art installation and public skate park by artist Ryan McGinness and Tony Hawk, the most influential skateboarder of all time. Wayfinding is built by George Leichtweis of Modern Skate and Surf, a huge player on the local skate scene since the 1970s who also designed the Fisher Halfpipe. The park will include six skate-able elements inspired by Detroit as well as a viewing area for spectators. The park was originally proposed and produced by Library Street Collective with support from Cranbrook Art Museum and was presented by Bedrock and the Quicken Loans Family of Companies.

 

Monroe Ave &
Farmer Street
Detroit
 


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. 

 
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"Wayfinding truly captures the creative and collaborative spirit of Detroit "

— Anthony Curis, Library Street Collective

 
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Wayfinding
Detroit

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.When in the hands of a skateboarder and artist, the traditional guidelines for wayfinding get upended. Architectural elements and signage that were intended for one purpose are subverted. Hawk repurposes benches, rails, ramps, and curbs as props to serve the expression of skills and tricks. McGinness takes authoritative signs that normally dictate behavior with a universally understood visual language and undermines those forms with surreal and absurd imagery. Both approaches destabilize conventional utilities of forms in urban environments.