Create Community: Spaces for Discovery

Coghlin Park

Red row boats leap across the road from the Garden at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts over to the beautiful greenspace of Coghlin Park. Guests can enjoy a full sensory experience at this waterfront site. Boats that are filled with harvestable edible crops ride on a tidal wave of blue sticks throughout the park. Follow the trail of boats from the sidewalk to the water of Lake Kalamazoo and take a moment to enjoy the special environment that this community has to offer.

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Each and every location was dreamed, brainstormed, problem solved, drafted, created, and built with your experience in mind.

1 year of planning | 4 months of building | Countless hours on zoom | A few friendly debates

Every installation in Spaces For Discovery is inspirited by children’s literature, the environment that surrounds it, and the people who interact with it.

Children's Literature Inspiration

"Journey" by Aaron Becker

A lonely girl draws a magic door on her bedroom wall and through it escapes into a world where wonder, adventure, and danger abound. Red marker in hand, she creates a boat, a balloon, and a flying carpet that carry her on a spectacular journey toward an uncertain destiny. When she is captured by a sinister emperor, only an act of tremendous courage and kindness can set her free. Can it also lead her home and to her heart’s desire? With supple line, luminous color, and nimble flights of fancy, author-illustrator Aaron Becker launches an ordinary child on an extraordinary journey toward her greatest and most exciting adventure of all.

Coghlin Park

Location Inspiration

Coghlin Park includes a large picnic shelter and a grassy area overlooking Lake Kalamazoo. A grassy riverfront park that includes a visitors dock for those who want to experience Saugatuck and Spaces for Discovery from the water. The park has a natural amphitheater setting built into the park side, creating a beautiful setting for soaking in the sounds of nature.

Want to get more hands-on with this site? Interested in working directly with the artists? Join us at one of the Quad-Community events happening at the SCA!