Artists to transform Historic Fort Wayne into virtual world of imagination Sunday

HIstoric Fort WayneHistoric Fort Wayne will come to life Sunday as thousands of people are expected to descend on the 88-acre site for a day and evening of live music, large art installations, local food and even a world record.

The “Hold the Fort” event, from noon until 10 p.m., includes local and global artists, builders, innovators and community groups that will create a “temporary world that provokes the imagination and stimulates participatory engagement.”

Everyone is invited to the inaugural event, which aims to support the local arts community and Detroit’s nonprofits and promote a positive image of the city . The installations and programming will be inspired by Detroit’s creative culture.

Select art installations include “Home Mender” by Monica Canilao, “Gon Kirin” mobile installation by Ryan Doyle, a musical house installation by Airlift New Orleans, “Sky Burial-As Above so Below” by Bethany Shorb, Light installations by Kunsthalle-Detroit, and a laser piece by Matthew Schreiber.

Performers Sheik ‘N’ Beik, with help from local and international artists, will attempt to break the world record for the largest back-to-back DJ set on vinyl. And it won’t be just any set: It’s designed to promote the vinyl industry and seven generations of Detroit music.

Shuttles will be provided for the trek back and forth from Hart Plaza to Fort Wayne.

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Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.