Detroit, the Motown City, never runs out of public art. It’s everywhere. In every corner. In every street. I’m not talking about the ubiquitous graffiti the city is known for nowadays. I’m talking about these real public art that had been there even before the city lost its “Motor City” glory that led to the filing of bankruptcy on July 18 this year.
From Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, I was supposed to join a guided tour by Pure Detroit at 2pm. But since the bus there is the most unreliable in the world, I arrived downtown at 2:45pm. So, I decided to explore the public art in Detroit.
I walked two and a half hour around downtown to see all these public art work. Armed with a book map I borrowed from the hostel, I braved the scorching sun with two short stops in parkettes to spread ph30 on my skin.
Seeing all these art works around Detroit (Beads Museum, Heidelberg Project, Graffiti everywhere), it is evident that hardships / struggles make the citizens purge their creative juices to be heard, preserve their city—and perhaps, to prove to naysayers that their city isn’t dead. Their creativity, I suspect, will make their city known again. This time, in a good way. :))
Here’s the HAND OF GOD that created the man.
The imagery of WOODWARD MONUMENT’s panels symbolizes music, art, performance, design and architecture.
The abstract images in this MONROE MONUMENT refers to research, technology, manufacturing and transport.
This “WHALING WALL” (sounds like the Wailing Walls of Jerusalem) calls the attention to the beauty and endangered future of creatures under the sea.
“This whole piece (URBAN STEEL) is like an Italian Opera,” says the artist. You pull the curtain and the story unfolds”
Walk around this steel cylinder of (DANCING HANDS) and the appearance of the piece will change 360 times.
TRANSCENDING is a tribute to the history, principles and spirit of the labor movement.
This is the hand of Joe Louis, the hand that’s determined, vigorous, and full of fighting spirit—the same traits of Detroit and the country he represented.
They gaze at the country across the river—and that’s Canada…..
…to free themselves from the shackles of slavery.
“I want to make a new fountain, a fountain that represents our times and our relationship to the outer space,” says the artist of this memorial.
Here, you see numerous aspects of human excitement–joy, compassion and tragedy.
The art at People’s Mover (aka Light Rail Transit) is a joy to see.
This little car I saw in front of a parking garage deserves a second look.
This is the bell that rang this millennium.
The SPIRIT OF DETROIT is the city’s most renowned public art of all.