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What are the Midtown Viaducts?

Midtown Detroit, Inc. in partnership with New Economy Initiative and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation are transforming the undersides of three viaducts located in Midtown Detroit’s TechTown district with public art and light. The final projects seek to give these industrial bridges new life—making them a choice destination rather than a place to pass through.

The Cass, Second, and Third Avenue viaducts are three fully operational railroad bridge grade separations located between Baltimore and Amsterdam Streets in Midtown Detroit's TechTown district. Originally constructed in 1934, these once magnificent viaducts have been poorly maintained over the years and lack adequate lighting, contributing to unsafe perceptions of the district.

Winners

Click below to meet each artist team behind the winning proposals.

+     Cass Avenue Viaduct

Reflector

bioLINIA | Principals: Becky Nix and Olek Zemplinski

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+     Second Avenue Viaduct

Resonance

r+d LAB | Principals: Cézanne Charles and John Marshall of rootoftwo, LLC, and Karl Daubmann of daub, LLC

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+     THird Avenue Viaduct

Light bender

New D Media Arts | Principals: Gabriel Hall and Daniel Land

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