Detroit Beautification Project @ Jos Campau & Gaylord Avenue
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 fifth of eight new photo-heavy posts showcasing eight separate locations that feature multiple, freshly painted masterworks.
Our fifth piece of evidence is an amazing single work by multiple artists that covers nearly all of a block-long wall at the defunct and most likely abandoned former home of Precision Tumbling Company at Jos Campau Street and Gaylord Avenue, between McNichols Road and the Davison Freeway. Among the many, many artists and collectives to grace this wall we were able to identify the specific sigs of, just to name a few, “Dabs“, “Myla“, “Nekst” aka “Next”, “Chaos”, “Reyes”, “Knows”, “Mad Society Kings”, “Cina”, “Revok”, “Steel”, “Sham”, “Shank” and “Wish”. A complete accounting of the collaborators found here may never be realized by anyone but those instrumental in its creation. The epic size and scope of this stellar piece, combined with its ridiculous breadth of relevant contemporary contributors, surely place it among the greatest single works of street art in Detroit history.
Stayed tuned to I Love Detroit Michigan in the coming days to see more of the most comprehensive coverage of the Detroit Beautification Project you will find anywhere online. ~I♥DM