‘Detroit Skybridge’ lights up abandoned walkway with work by contemporary artist Phillip K. Smith III

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/90/90a43b8246fd6f93a1b5deb1195bc6b4.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />The 100-foot-long skybridge connecting two of Detroit's most iconic buildings has been brought back to life with the colorful, site-specific work of <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/365165/phillip-k-smith-iii" rel="nofollow" >Phillip K. Smith III</a>, who has transformed the abandoned passageway into a floating bar of light hovering above the streets of <a href="https://archinect.com/features/article/149982006/when-you-cut-funding-and-abandon-people-surprises-happen" rel="nofollow" >downtown Detroit</a>.

Phillip K. Smith III’s Detroit Skybridge, 2018; Acrylic, aluminum, LED lighting, electronic components, unique color program; Photo by Lance Gerber. Courtesy of the artist and Library Street Collective.

Sandwiched between the Guardian Building and One Woodward, the 16th floor passing was constructed in the late 70s to allow employees of the Michigan Consolidated Gas company and the American Natural Resources Co.—which occupied the two buildings—to pass freely. When the American Natural Resource Co. relocated in the 90s, decreased usage led to the walkway’s subsequent closure and it has since sat abandoned. 

Phillip K. Smith III’s Detroit Skybridge, 2018; Acrylic, aluminum, …

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