Detroit Beautification Project @ Vermont & Calumet Street
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 second of eight new photo-heavy posts showcasing eight separate locations that feature multiple, freshly painted masterworks.
Our second piece of evidence is a five-piece installation on the southwest corner of Vermont and Calumet Street, near 4200 Grand River Avenue in the Core City neighborhood, that features elaborate signatures by three locals, “Nekst”, “Aires” and “Elmer”, and one San Franciscan, Victor Reyes, plus a nice tongue-in-cheek condemnation of modern American popular culture by famed Los Angeles street artist, “Sever”. Quality graffiti has become so common along this stretch of Grand River that it has recently been dubbed the “Grand River Creative Corridor” by numerous locals with a vested interest in Detroit’s art and cultural scenes.
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