The Detroit Culture Council is a series of public convening ignited by artists and cultural leaders addressing the growing need for a Detroit department of cultural affairs. The inaugural event brought together leading arts advocates, curators, policy makers, educators, philanthropic organizations, and cultural activists to collectively project the shape and aspirations such an entity might take in Detroit. For the occasion, Akoaki created a pop symbol and architectural threshold in the form of a gold arch. Composed of architectural replicas, art objects, and landscape elements, the 21-foot nomadic arch playfully pays tribute to the enduring allure of Detroit’s popular aesthetics and serves as a sign to temporarily transform existing sites into stately, though ephemeral, public institutions.
NOMADIC DETROIT CULTURE COUNCIL
Detroit, Michigan, 2016
Design Leads: Anya Sirota, Jean Louis Farges
Project Team: Jonathan Watkins, Sam Okolita
Production Team: Christopher Holder, Eric Howard
Fabrication: Lindsey Karasik
The project was made possible through a grant from Creative Many Michigan. Additional support provided by the University of Michigan Office of Research.