There are things you might not expect when you visit Detroit.
Your cellphone might roam to Canada if you have a smaller carrier such as US Cellular.
You’ll find yourself watching Canadian television.
Parking is free, or nearly so.
The city is spread out and surrounded by woods, much like Portland.
But one surprising thing that doesn’t get enough press: there are 125 outdoor murals downtown.
That’s right. Detroit is ground zero for street art.
Many of these are funded by companies and crowdsourcing. There is an associated festival and a Facebook page.
Here are a few of the murals:
Businesses have murals
The photos above are ones I took when visiting the Eastern Market. They are a small fraction of the Detroit murals. Even parking garages have murals.
and also here.
Detroit has a long history of murals beginning with Diego Rivera in the 1930s. Yes, you can see a Diego Rivera mural in Detroit–inside the Detroit Institute of Art.
You can also spend a day outside staring at the art–everything from the bizarre to the political and even art from famous artists and street artists. Here’s a guide to more street art. Detroit is the #2 city to visit this year according to the Lonely Planet but in street art, it’s Number 1.
3 thoughts on “Oh! Detroit!”
WOW! These murals are incredible! I love, LOVE the one of the farmer holding the ear of corn that was on one of the links you posted.
What always amazes me about murals is how the artist can keep the work in perspective and make sure everything is to scale. That takes a lot of know-how, I’d imagine.
I liked the variety–some classic, some strange. some playful, some serious, some abstract, Detroit is the opposite of London which has a cohesive theme and style. Detroit is a surprising, quirky, and unpretentious place. Both are fun to visit. Detroit is much less expensive!
I never knew about these. Thanks for sharing.