Posted by on November 8, 2011 in Graffiti / Street Art - 9 Comments

50 Outdoor Murals in Detroit

Murals in Detroit #49.0

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.

50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 11. “1917 American Bistro Mural”

Clinton Snider with Taurus Burns

North wall of “1917 American Bistro”, 19416 Livernois Rd.

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50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 22.”Yes We Can Did”

Unknown artist

South wall of “Eric’s I’ve Been Framed”, 16527 Livernois Rd.

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50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 33. “Pope Park Mural” (1982, restored 2000)

Dennis Orlowski

Southwest corner of Joseph Campau and Belmont St, Hamtramck.

An excellent life-sized mosaic-ish portrait of Cardinal Jozef Glemp is also part of this installation.

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50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 44. Unknown title [5-story lion] (2010)

Kobie Solomon

West wall of Russell Industrial Center, facing the US-75 North Service Drive between East Grand Boulevard and Clay Street.

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50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 55. “Splash Murals Storefront”

Unknown artists [Katie Craig et. al.??]

7332 Oakland Street, just north of East Grand Boulevard.

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50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 66. Unknown title [9-story “Splash” mural] (2009)

Katie Craig [et. al.??]

West wall of the 9-story high rise on the southwest corner of East Grand Boulevard and Beaubien Street.

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50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 77. “We Kahn Do It!”

Unknown artist(s?)

East wall of the 3-story building on the southwest corner of Milwaukee and Brush Street.

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8. “Ove50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 8rland Willys Knight Service Station”

Unknown artist

Willys Overland Lofts, 444 West Willis Street.

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50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 99. “Gold Code: LOVE” (2011)

Vagner Whitehead

West wall of 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.

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50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 1010. “Park Shelton Apartments”

Unknown artist

North wall of The Park Shelton Condominiums Building at Woodward Avenue and East Kirby Street.

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50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 1111. “Patterns of Detroit” (2005)

Hubert Massey [central panel]

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.

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50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 1212. “Malice Green Memorial” (1992)

Bennie White [E. Israel??]

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.

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50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 1313. “Shake It Up” (2011)

Unknown artist [J.Q.??]

East wall of the duplex at 1531-1533 West Warren Avenue.

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50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 1414. Unknown title (2008-2009)

Carl Oxley

Behind the Woodbridge Pub at the corner of Trumbull & Merrick Street.

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50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 1515. “Welcome to Woodbridge”

Summer In The City Non-Profit Service Organization

Barnabas Youth Center at 3530 Grand River Avenue on the northeast corner of Grand River and MLK Jr. Boulevard.

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50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 1616. “‘Today we need to combine learning with work, political struggle, community service and even play.’ -Grace Lee Boggs” (2011)

Katie Yamasaki

South wall of the building on the southeast corner of 2nd and Brainard Street.

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50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 1717. Unknown titles

Hygienic Dress League [Steve and Dorota Coy]

Street level of the old Hotel Eddystone on the northwest corner of Sproat and Park Avenue.

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50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 1818. Unknown title

Anna Muccioli

South wall of Muccioli Studio Gallery at 511 Beaubien Street.

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50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 1919. “Care” (2011)

Unknown artists

Grand Circus Park between Bagley and Washington.

We hear this mural was created as a backdrop for a soon to be released Kid Rock music video.

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20. “Whale Tower” aka “Whaling Wall #76″ (1997)

Robert Wyland

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!

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50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 2121. Unknown title

Unknown artist

Hart Plaza, in the main stairwell to the lower level underground stage.

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50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 2222. “Uplift, Inspire, Grace, Love”

Unknown artist

East wall of Saint Andrew’s Hall at 431 East Congress Street.

This mural promotes a gospel music tour entitled “How Sweet The Sound“.

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50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 2323. “Serman’s Fine Clothes for Men and Young Men”

Unknown artist

Southeast corner of Randolph and Macomb Street.

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50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 2424. “Vondie’s On The River”

Unknown artist [???? Wilson]

South wall of Vondie’s at 260 Schweizers Place in Rivertown.

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50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 2525. “Your BBQ Rib Headquarters!”

Unknown artist

Kap’s Wholesale Foods, 2630 Riopelle Street in the Eastern Market district.

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50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 2626. “Eastern Market” Mural #1

Unknown artist [Lee Mans Outdoor Advertising of Hazel Park??]

West wall of Eastern Market Cold Storage at 2531 Riopelle Street in the Eastern Market district.

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50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 2727. “Eastern Market” Mural #2

Alex Pollock [of Lee Mans Outdoor Advertising of Hazel Park??]

South wall of Cost Plus Wine Shoppe at 2448 Market Street in the Eastern Market district.

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50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 28 128. “Wigleys Corned Beef” “Cheech’s Chicken” “RJ’s Meats” [Gratiot Central Market murals]

Unknown artists

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.

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50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 2929. “Family Owned and Operated since 1918″

Unknown artist

Busy Bee Hardware, 1401 Gratiot Avenue in the Eastern Market district.

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50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 3030. “Insect Control Rodent Killer”

Unknown artist

Busy Bee Hardware, 1401 Gratiot Avenue in the Eastern Market district.

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50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 3131. Unknown title

BrownBagDetroit aka Malt

Dequindre Cut Greenway alongside about fifty to one hundred of the city’s very best works of graffiti art.

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50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 3232. “Greetings From Gratiot”

Summer In The City Non-Profit Service Organization

North side of the intersection of Gratiot Avenue and Jos Campau.

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50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 3333. “Gratiot Grill”

Unknown artist [???? Patrick]

3121 Gratiot Avenue, on the north side of the intersection of Gratiot and McDougall.

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50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 3434. “The African Amalgamation Of Ubiquity”

Unknown artist

Northeast corner of Gratiot and Cadillac, just north of Harper Avenue.

This timeless beauty is badly in need of a quality restoration. Here’s to hoping some capable and industrious local steps up to the task, and soon.

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50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 3535. “Jefferson East” aka “Summer In The City”

Carl Oxley, John Hix, Phil Cierpial, Greg Frederick, Dave Danielson, Chad P. Hunt, Mark Sengbusch, Chazz Miller, Julia Rowe and Madison Hicks

West wall of Crown Cleaners at Jefferson Avenue and Lakewood Street.

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50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 3636. “Corktown: Since 1834: Detroit’s Oldest Neighborhood” (2004)

Jerome Ferretti

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.

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50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 3737. “Corktown”

Summer In The City Non-Profit Service Organization

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?

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50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 3838. “Corktown: Dedicated to R. Drury” (2004)

Kobie Solomon

West wall of Duncan Speedometer Service at 2135 Michigan Avenue, just a bit east of 14th Street.

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50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 3939. “EN MASSE @ Corktown” (2011)

Jason Botkin, Sintex, FEL3000ft, Mike Han and Chris Carden

East side of 14th Street between Michigan Avenue and Dalzelle.

Click here and here for more info about this piece.

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50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 4040. “The Cornfield

Vito Valdez and James Puntigam; Restored by Vito Valdez with assistance from Jen Boyak (1997-1998??)

Northwest corner of Bagley and Sainte Anne Street in Mexicantown.

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50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 4141. Unknown title

Unknown artist [Mexican-American heritage themed, all-metal mural]

Front wall of Detroit GreenWorks Solutions: Green Jobs Training Center at 2301-2315 Bagley Street, just west of Sainte Anne.

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50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 4242. “Never Stop Dreaming/Nunca Dejes de Sonar”

Jen Boyak et. al.

West wall of Matrix Theater Company at 2730 Bagley Street, between Sainte Anne and 20th.

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50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 4343. “Dia De Los Muertos: Mexicantown: 2010″ (2010)

Unknown artist

West wall of Detroit GreenWorks Solutions: Green Jobs Training Center at 2301-2315 Bagley Street, just west of Sainte Anne.

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50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 4444. Unknown Title [“Tree Of Life”??] (1979)

???? Moreno and ???? Vargas [restored by ???? and Callahan, 1997]

West wall of the building at the southeast corner of Bagley and Sainte Anne Street in Mexicantown.

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50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 4545. “Spiral Of Life” (2010)

Hubert Massey

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.

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50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 4646. “Aztec Calendar

Unknown artist

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.

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50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 4747. “Cesar Chavez”

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.

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50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 4848. “Victoria Violeta” (2010)

Dasic Fernandez

East wall of 6016 West Vernor Highway, just east of Livernois Avenue.

A tribute to Chilean folk singer, Violeta Parra.

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50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 4949. “Mano de Obra Campesina [Hand Of The Peasant Labor??]” aka “Hijo del Maiz [Son Of Corn]” (2010)

Dasic Fernandez

West wall of Hacienda Mexican Foods at 6022 West Vernor Highway, just east of Livernois Avenue.

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50 Outdoor Murals In Detroit 5050. Unknown title

Unknown artist [underwater nude Meso-American female humanoid??]

West wall of the building at 5658 Fort, just slightly west of Junction Street in the Delray neighborhood.

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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

 

 

 

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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.

9 Comments

  1. Mural Locator
    Posted December 13, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Wow! These should be added to the Mural Locator “Map of Murals” at: http://murallocator.org/map

  2. Fortunamary
    Posted March 26, 2012 at 6:57 am

    Mural #9, “Look” at G. R. N’namdi gallery was made by Vagner Whitehead.

  3. jen
    Posted March 26, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    oh, and it is called, Never Stop Dreaming/ Nunca Dejes de Sonar  jen boyak

  4. Posted December 12, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Murals #15, #32, and #37 were done by a Detroit non-profit service organization, Summer in the City

  5. Posted December 15, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Thanks for the info Tess! We’re still wondering about the names of the three people seen in mural #37. Can you offer any insight?

  6. Posted January 23, 2013 at 2:08 am

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  7. Posted November 12, 2013 at 3:10 am

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  8. Posted August 15, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    […] Dale Carlson already did an excellent round-up of them in his I Love Detroit Michigan post “50 Outdoor Murals in Detroit.”  It gives photos, artist credits, and a little history of each one; while it’s not […]

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