The State Savings Bank downtown is open once for the first time in decades, holding in it river rocks leading up to a mirror-encased ranch home.
Artist Doug Aitken and lighting designer Andi Watson created “Mirage Detroit,” which will be open for at least four months. After visitors walk through the lobby, a doorway leads to a large, quiet room with the windows blacked out. Past an ancient bank vault, a bed of river rocks lead the way to the house covered in mirrors, staged on plywood. There are no doors to open, but visitors can walk through a variety of hallways and rooms, perhaps wondering if they’ve walked through the space.
It’s a selfie-lovers dream.
The soft lighting changes and at times, the room is mostly dark. The light reflects upon the historic ceiling like water, changing with each variation.
The bank building, which has been vacant for decades, stretches an entire city block. Considering it’s holding a house—with room for more—it could be an excellent place for a museum.
The exhibit is free and open to the public Wednesday through Saturday from 12-8 p.m. and Sundays from 12-5 p.m. During its stay at the bank, it will be open for cultural events and performances yet to be announced. Until then, it’s a quiet, reflective place to spend some time.