As the chill of winter has given way to the warm hues of spring in Detroit, 1xRun is excited to unveil one of the largest public arts projects in Metro Detroit history. During the initial phase, executed in the first 2 weeks of May, over 25 internationally renowned street artists converged on Detroit and Hamtramck for an expansive public arts project.
“The artists participating in Detroit Beautification Project span the globe and provide an international and unique perspective on art in the public domain. We as Detroiters should welcome with open arms these artists who have fallen in love with our city and choose to create here...” said Matt Eaton of CONTRAprojects who spearheaded the project.
Beginning at Grand River Ave and Rosa Parks, near the Motorcity Casino on a group a vacant buildings, the project quickly expanded across town and throughout the cities of Detroit and Hamtramck. Building owners, community leaders and local residents have been overwhelmingly thrilled with the bold, colorful and uplifting murals.
Here is some new work by Vizie Pose Nekst and Shank
Hamtramck’s City Council wasn’t entirely approving at first. Council members, even those who appreciated the work, objected to not being informed first, the murals being painted on public property and the possible loss of value for those buildings. But check out the video and the comments by the mayor, it was good to hear.
Video from Michael Jackman Metro Times