Posted by on November 2, 2011 in Graffiti / Street Art - 3 Comments

12 Completely Unique Works of Street Art in Detroit

ABOVE: Jerome Ferretti’s “Monumental Kitty” @ US-75 South Service Drive near Cochrane Street.

We combed through our entire photo archive and then the entire city to find what we believe to be the most unique works of street art in Detroit. Check out our list below. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you feel there are glaring omissions, or if you happen to know the name of any the artists we were unable to identify.

1. “Monumental Kitty”, Jerome Ferretti; (↑See featured photo above↑). Located on the US-75 South Service Drive just a tiny bit east of the Cochrane St. pedestrian bridge.

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Completely Unique Street Art in Detroit #2.02. Unknown artist, unknown title (metalwork calla lilies); Located at Detroit GreenWorks Solutions, Green Jobs Center, 2701-2715 Bagley near Sainte Anne Street.

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Completely Unique Street Art in Detroit #3.13. “Stay Out Of Trouble”, unknown artist (RoboCop poster); Located on the west wall of 1236 Michigan Avenue, just a tiny bit west of the Lodge Freeway overpass AND on the side of a heavily graffitied, abandoned house on 14th Street just north of Dalzelle.

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Completely Unique Street Art in Detroit #4.04. “Obama Gas Station”, unknown artist; Located at Plymouth Rd & Wyoming Street. This work only very loosely fits the criterea of “Street Art”, but, love it or hate it, you’ve got to admire this Detroit business owner’s enthusiasm for the current POTUS. This picture was actually snapped in mid-2009, so we have no idea if either this paint job or the owner’s enthusiasm are still intact.

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Completely Unique Street Art in Detroit #55. Unknown title, unknown artist (chicken painting); Located on the extreme southwest side of the 3rd Street overpass that spans US-94 just to the east of Lodge Freeway. We shot this painting in mid-2010. It’s most likely been painted over by this point. The artist earned our respect with their cleverly chosen, high visibility location. You’ve got to jump a fence to get close enough to photograph it, but it’s most likely been viewed by millions. Not bad for an anonymous amateur.

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Completely Unique Street Art in Detroit #6.26. & 7. Unknown titles, unknown artists (murals with 3-D architectural models); Located at 4150 Trumbull St, just south of West Willis. Vandals have unfortunately had their way with the first of these two pieces…twice. Or have they?

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Completely Unique Street Art in Detroit #88. “Inner City Memorial”, unknown artist(s?) (“1800” Tequila bottles around telephone pole with stuffed animals); We photographed this Tyree Guyton-esque neighborhood tribute back in September of 2009 at the corner of Hickory Street & Greiner.

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Completely Unique Street Art in Detroit #99. “Brave: Re-Elect Pingree”, unknown artist; Located downtown, on the face of the boarded up Metropolitan Building on John R at the terminus of Farmer Street. We suspect this might be the work local guerilla artists, “Hygienic Dress League“.

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Completely Unique Street Art in Detroit #1010. Unknown artist, unknown title (line drawing of man with two doves); Formerly located at 118 Monroe just northeast of Farmer Street, on the street level plywood barricades covering the entrance to the defunct National Theater (1911). We photographed this piece during Movement/DEMF 2010. It has since been painted over.

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Completely Unique Street Art in Detroit #11.011. Mariners Inn Mural”, unknown artist(s?); Located at Mariners Inn, 445 Ledyard Street, at the corner of Cass Avenue.

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Completely Unique Street Art in Detroit #12.112. Robocop:Detroit:2011″, unknown artist; Located on the west wall of PJ’s Lager House, 1254 Michigan Avenue, just a tiny bit west of the Lodge Freeway overpass. Who knew Robocop would end up becoming New Detroit’s 21st century folk hero? Click here and here to learn more about the recent inexplicable revival of Robo-centricity in the city of Detroit. ~I♥DM

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Dale Carlson grew up along the northeastern shores of Lake Michigan, where at a young age Detroit called out to him in his dreams. In 2008, after extended stays in ten different Michigan cities, the author settled permanently in southeast Oakland County where he currently lives and works in various capacities within the local real estate industry.

3 Comments

  1. Eno
    Posted November 2, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    brick cat: http://www.modeldmedia.com/devnews/kitty110210.aspx
    boy with bird: Gaia (from Baltimore)
    Pingree: not HDL — more Pingree at OccupyDetroit
    Stay out of trouble Robo: RobL

  2. Posted November 9, 2011 at 1:42 am

    […] the building at 1236 Michigan Avenue, just a tiny bit west of the Lodge Freeway ovepass. Check out Ferretti’s “Monumental Kitty” just around the corner at the intesection of US-75 South Service Drive and the Cochrane Street […]

  3. Mike
    Posted April 4, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    #8 and #12 are by local street artist Eno Laget, and #10 is Baltimore based artist Gaia.

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