Detroit’s Huntington Place Unveils ‘Floating Citadel’ Sculpture

Detroit’s Huntington Place Unveils ‘Floating Citadel’ Sculpture

Detroit’s newest public art installation was unveiled Thursday night in front of Huntington Place.

Detroit-based artist Scott Hocking’s “Floating Citadel,” a giant, globe-like structure made of bronze and spanning 11 feet in diameter, was commissioned by the Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority (DRCFA) Art Foundation with Mayor Mike Duggan, and dedicated to Larry Alexander, the first DRCFA Chairman.

DRCFA Chair Lisa Canada said 75 artists responded to the foundation’s initial call for submissions, and Hocking was ultimately chosen for “his vision and creativity and his commitment to the arts in the city of Detroit.”

Hocking said his first meetings with the foundation began in March 2020, before the latest convention center renaming.

“Back then it was the TCF Center,” he recalls, “and even the materials we were given were in folders that still said Cobo Hall. “Things have changed so much in such a short time – within weeks the COVID lockdown happened.”

Fellow artist and friend Saffell Gardner, left, congratulates Scott Hocking after the unveiling of Hocking's sculpture "Swing Citadel" on Wednesday August 17, 2022 in front of Huntington Place.

The artist drew on his love of history for inspiration in designing the sculpture, referencing the Detroit River and its shoreline just beyond the walls of Huntington Place.

“I love the history of Detroit,” he said. “I love digging through those layers of what was here before, and what it means to put something here now. We are within the original boundaries and fortifications of the city of Detroit when it was just a village, and right behind me was the Citadel. The Citadel was like the defensive core of this village… (which) led to making this piece that felt like this kind of protective, strong piece.


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