Detroit Beautification Project @ 4th & Troy Street in Royal Oak
The Detroit Beautification Project is the brainchild of two Southeast Michigan based art organizations: Contra Projects of Hamtramck and 323 East Gallery in Royal Oak. Numerous street artists of national and international renown, plus a handful of Detroit’s best local taggers, have been invited by project organizers to legally place their marks on high-visibility real estate throughout the city, primarily in three locations: Grand River Avenue between I-94 and the Lodge Freeway, Jos Campau Street between Hamtramck Drive and McNichols Rd, and the Eastern Market District. The project has truly ushered in a new era, nee a Renaissance, in the history of Detroit Street Art. Today, I Love Detroit Michigan presents, for your consideration, the last of eight new photo-heavy posts showcasing eight separate locations that feature multiple, freshly painted masterworks.
Our last piece of evidence is found upon the walls of 323 Gallery at 4th and Troy Street in Downtown Royal Oak. Famed Australian street artists/item, “Dabs” and “Myla“, created three of the four murals here as part of the project. Detroit’s own “Malt aka BrownBagDetroit” painted the fourth mural in 2011 and, as an astute reader pointed out to us, it is NOT part of the project. Anyway, Hamtramck is one thing, but Oakland County’s Royal Oak?!? Allowing full-wall, street-art style murals on the exterior of downtown buildings?!? The world is most definitely changing.
Stayed tuned to I Love Detroit Michigan in the coming days to see the last of the most comprehensive coverage of the Detroit Beautification Project you will find anywhere online: an all-inclusive look at the nine locations that so far make up the project, entitled “Best of the Detroit Beautification Project”, naturally. ~I♥DM