In early 2017, the Macy's department store in CityPlace (West Palm Beach, FL) closed it's doors. This was just one of many brick and mortar stores who had to close up shop last year due to the increase in online shopping. The question many are asking now is what do we do with all the empty retail space?
CityPlace has answered this by turning the abandoned Macy's into what they're calling an "experimental creative space". It all started when sound artist, Stephen Vitello, was given a key and 24-hour access. Vitello wandered through the empty store for days at a time with microphones and a camera and recorded various sounds. He then put all his work together and the space is now home to his one-of-a-kind sound installation ‘You Are the Magic,’ an immersive, multi-channel sound art experience.
The public can check out the new exhibit for free on the second floor of the former department store! The exhibit is open Thursday through Sunday from 11:00am-6:00pm.
As for the future of the Macy's building, Downtown West Palm Beach plans to continue to revitalize the space with culinary walk up windows, an outdoor park atmosphere, and lots of entertainment and art events.
Who has checked out this revitalized space yet? Let us know what you think!
TOMORROW is the day! We are opening the sound installation FREE to the public on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-6pm. Come check out @stephenvitiello’s piece, You Are the Magic. Big thanks to @culturecorps @wpbaedistrict @palmbeachculture @downtownwpb and others for your continued support. #culturelabwpb
Source: Palm Beach Post