Places To See: Detroit Z-Lot
When you think of places to look at art, you probably think of museums, art parks, even bars & boutiques. In fact, I'd wager to guess that a parking garage would be the last place anyone would think to travel to to view one-of-a-kind pieces from artist all over the world. Unless, of course, you're in Detroit.
Detroit's Z-lot may sound like an ordinary parking structure to outsiders, but this 10-story lot set in the heart of the city is anything but. Named the Z-Lot for it's "zig zag" pattern between the corners of Broadway/East Grand River, and Library/Gratiot, the garage is a collaboration between Bedrock Detroit and Library Street Collective. From top to bottom, the lot features 27 murals by artists from around the globe. Equal parts function and large-scale museum, each floor of the parking garage features a full wall mural, as well as an accent piece ranging from landscapes to abstract expressionism.
Not only does every floor of the Z-lot provide plenty to look at, the view from the top of the lot is unbeatable. Standing on the 10th floor of the lot offers a 360 degree perspective of downtown Detroit. The roof of the Z also offers the best view of two of the biggest murals in Detroit by How and Nosm and Shepard Fairey - located across the street at One Campus Martius. Both murals span a staggering 184 feet tall and 60 feet wide.
Upon exiting the garage, you'll find yourself in 'The Belt', an alleyway that runs the length of the parking structure. No ordinary alley, The Belt is an extension of the the Z-lot artscape. The walls are coated in murals, and art installations are interspersed amongst bars and eateries such as Standby and The Skip. the Belt is a must-visit spot for barhoppers and cocktail enthusiasts, or those looking for a prime photo-op.
Exploring Detroit's art scene is a never-ending endeavor, but at the Z-lot, it's as easy as parking your car.
Have you been to Detroit's Z-lot? What did you think? Leave me a comment below, I'd love to hear your thoughts!