Detroit Beautification Project @ Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck
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 sixth of eight new photo-heavy posts showcasing eight separate locations that feature multiple, freshly painted masterworks.
Our sixth piece of evidence consists of fourteen signature style graffiti along the concrete backside of the east bleachers at Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck. To find this superlative group of masterworks, head east on Roosevelt Street off of Jos Campau on the south side of Hamtramck. Roosevelt terminates at the parking lot of the stadium which is owned by Hamtramck Public Schools. Beyond the parking lot’s eastern fence line you’ll see a playground to your left and Keyworth Stadium’s east bleachers to your right. Among the artists showcased here you’ll find “Reyes”, “Revok”, “Risk”, “Nekst”, “Shank”, “Knows”, Tristan Eaton, and a few others who’s letter forms we can’t decipher. Hamtramck’s willingness to allow numerous graffiti artists to LEGALLY tag such a blatantly PUBLIC space strikes us as both progressive as hell, and a watershed moment in the evolution of street art’s legitimacy in Detroit.
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