SKALAR art installation in Detroit is one of the best you’ll see in 2024

Detroit marks the U.S. debut for the visual and sound experience at 1001 Woodward Ave.

Attendees lay on the ground and watch the SKALAR art installation light show in Detroit.

Attendees of the "SKALAR: Reflections on Light and Sound" art installation at 1001 Woodward Ave in Detroit watch the light show on June 12, 2024.

I got to experience one of the best art installations that will land in Detroit this year.

It’s called “SKALAR: Reflections on Light and Sound,” a kinetic art installation created by light artist Christopher Bauder and musician Kangding Ray.

The term “immersive” gets tossed around a lot. SKALAR actually nails that idea — a true sensory wonder.

Using dozens of lights and mirrors alongside a riveting minimalist techno soundscape, viewers lay on the floor while being transported away for 45 minutes into a surreal presentation.

The coolest part? Admission is completely free and open to the public now through July 28 inside of 1001 Woodward Ave in downtown Detroit. All you have to do is make an reservation at

Check out the photo gallery below to get a preview of SKALAR.

SKALAR is presented by contemporary art gallery Library Street Collective and real estate behemoth Bedrock Detroit.

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  • Ryan Patrick Hooper
    Ryan Patrick Hooper is the award-winning host of "In the Groove" on 101.9 WDET-FM Detroit’s NPR station. Hooper has covered stories for the New York Times, NPR, Detroit Free Press, Hour Detroit, SPIN and Paste magazine.