Today I went on a photo walk documenting city murals with a group of Detroit enthusiasts. We just scratched the surface, exploring murals surrounding the Midtown area, from the Woodbridge neighborhood to the North End. To me, murals in Detroit are signs of life and community that happen beyond all the ruins. If you don’t believe me, check out the amazing work of Detroit Summer, an organization that launched community mural projects this summer around the theme of “another Detroit is happening”. It’s a sign that Detroit is imagining a new kind of American city–one with strong communities at it’s base–and in that sense, Detroit is ahead of the rest of the country.
This paint can was left at the base of the North End “Illuminated Mural” by Katie Craig, a graduate of the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. According to a quote from Craig in ModelD, the mural is “about action and movement, (which) represents the North End: it’s a constantly going neighborhood, there’s a real fast pace up there”
This was the highlight of the day for me.
I finally decided to sign up for Flickr–so you can see the rest of my photos here.