50 Outdoor Murals in Detroit
For our 50th post I Love Detroit Michigan took on its most ambitious project yet: we searched every corner of the city to fill out our definitive list of 50 outdoor murals in Detroit. Over the course of our hunt we learned firsthand about Detroit’s unique traditions of public art and that there’s oftentimes a very fine line between mural and graffiti in our fair city. All murals are located within the city limits of Detroit unless otherwise noted and dates are included where known.
1.Clinton Snider with Taurus Burns; Located on the north wall of “1917 American Bistro” at 19416 Livernois Rd.
3. “Pope Park Mural”, Dennis Orlowski (1982, restored 2000); Located on the southwest corner of Joseph Campau and Belmont St, Hamtramck.Cardinal Jozef Glemp is also part of this installation.
4.Kobie Solomon (2010); Located on the west wall of Russell Industrial Center, facing the US-75 North Service Drive between East Grand Boulevard and Clay Street.
5.Splash Murals Storefront”, unknown artists (Katie Craig et. al.??); Located at 7332 Oakland Street, just north of East Grand Boulevard.
8.Willys Overland Lofts, 444 West Willis Street.
9.The N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art at 52 East Forest Avenue. The hands and symbols in this work spell out the word “Look” in American Sign Language, Braille and Morse code.
10.Park Shelton Condominiums Building at Woodward Avenue and East Kirby Street.
11.Hubert Massey (central panel, 2005); An all tile mosaic located on the east wall of the Center for Creative Studies parking ramp, at the intersection of Brush and East Kirby Street. Multiple adjacent horizontal panels were created by various community artists in concert with various area youth groups.
12.Malice Green Memorial”, Bennie White (E. Israel??) (1992); Located on the northwest corner of West Warren Avenue and 23rd Street. Click here to see something closer to what this memorial looked like when it was freshly painted in 1992. A relic of a far less than stellar chapter in the city’s history.
14.Carl Oxley (2008-2009); Located behind the Woodbridge Pub at the corner of Trumbull & Merrick Street.
15.Summer In The City Non-Profit Service Organization; Located at Barnabas Youth Center at 3530 Grand River Avenue on the northeast corner of Grand River and MLK Jr. Boulevard.
16.Grace Lee Boggs“, Katie Yamasaki (2011); Located on the south wall of the building on the southeast corner of 2nd and Brainard Street.
17.Hygienic Dress League (Steve and Dorota Coy); Located on the street level of the old Hotel Eddystone on the northwest corner of Sproat and Park Avenue.
20.Whaling Wall #76″, Robert Wyland (1997); Located on the northeast wall of Broderick Tower (1928) at the southeast corner of Grand Circus Park. This mural is currently covered up by a 15-or-so-story Android telephone advertisement. Despite all the good things Dan Gilbert, the trillionaire owner of Broderick Tower, has been doing with his newly acquired downtown Detroit real estate, covering up the work of this Madison Heights native AIN’T one of ‘em!
22.How Sweet The Sound“.
23.Serman’s Fine Clothes for Men and Young Men”, unknown artist; Located on the southeast corner of Randolph and Macomb Street.
25. “Your BBQ Rib Headquarters!”, unknown artist; Located at Kap’s Wholesale Foods,
26.Eastern Market district.
27.Cost Plus Wine Shoppe at 2448 Market Street in the Eastern Market district.
28.Gratiot Central Market murals), unknown artists; Located at 1419-1439 Gratiot Avenue. A nearly identical set of murals can be found on the backside of the building along the US-75/375 Service Drive.
29.Busy Bee Hardware, 1401 Gratiot Avenue in the Eastern Market district.
30.Busy Bee Hardware, 1401 Gratiot Avenue in the Eastern Market district. fifty to one hundred of the city’s very best works of graffiti art.
32.Summer In The City Non-Profit Service Organization; Located on the north side of the intersection of Gratiot Avenue and Jos Campau.
36.Jerome Ferretti (2004); Located on the east wall of 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 pedestrian bridge.
37.Summer In The City Non-Profit Service Organization; Located on the west wall of the building at 1236 Michigan Avenue, just a tiny bit west of the Lodge Freeway ovepass. We’re extremely curious about the identities of the three faces in this work. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
38.Kobie Solomon (2004); Located on the west wall of Duncan Speedometer Service at 2135 Michigan Avenue, just a bit east of 14th Street.
39.Jason Botkin, Sintex, FEL3000ft, Mike Han and Chris Carden (2011); Located on the east side of 14th Street between Michigan Avenue and Dalzelle. Click here and here for more info about this piece.
40.The Cornfield“, Vito Valdez and James Puntigam; Restored by Vito Valdez with assistance from Jen Boyak (1997-1998??); Located on the northwest corner of Bagley and Sainte Anne Street in Mexicantown.
45.Hubert Massey (2010); An all tile mosaic located at the east end of the Bagley Street pedestrian bridge over US-75, just to the west of Bagley and 21st.
46.Aztec Calendar“, unknown artist; Located on the west wall of Los Galanes Mexican Restaurant at Bagley and 23rd Street. There’s an even larger, but less aesthetically pleasing mural on the north wall of this joint.
47.Lisa Luevanos; This all tile mosaic is located on the street side of the “LA SED” Building aka Myron P. Leven Learning Center at 4138 West Vernor Highway in Mexicantown.
48.Dasic Fernandez (2010); Located on the east wall of 6016 West Vernor Highway, just east of Livernois Avenue. A tribute to Chilean folk singer, Violeta Parra.
49.Dasic Fernandez (2010); Located on the west wall of Hacienda Mexican Foods at 6022 West Vernor Highway, just east of Livernois Avenue.
Our Continuing Research Department promises to fill out the long list of “unknowns” found herein with actual researched factual information over the coming months. Any lowdown our adoring public cares to share with us regarding the 50 aforementioned murals in Detroit would be welcomed and greatly appreciated. ~I♥DM