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. :))