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Street Art of Milwaukee Junction ~ Winter 2018

We shot these 60+ newly discovered works of graffiti and street art on January 10th and February 28th, 2018, in and around the cradle of American automobile manufacturing otherwise known as the Milwaukee Junction neighborhood of Detroit, Michigan, USA. Early auto production facilities of note in the immediate vicinity include Henry Ford’s original Piquette Street Plant (1904) at Piquette & Beaubien, the Albert Kahn-designed Fisher Body Plant #21 (1919) at Harper & Hastings, and the Albert Kahn-designed Murray Body Corporation Plant (1928) now known as Russell Industrial Center along the northbound US-75 Service Drive just north of Grand Blvd. We recommend a nice long look at each as you tour this visually striking and historically significant district inhabited by a number of local artist collectives……

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Unsigned @ E Milwaukee & Beaubien….

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Say what you will about Sintex…..dude’s got skills and still reigns as one of Detroit’s best spray-painters. Army’s damn good, too. Find the works shown in the next four pics at approximately 2895 E Grand Blvd. Speaking of skills, if you love Rap music, don’t sleep on the Buffalo-bred rhymesters depicted here, Westside Gunn & Conway….

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Mostly anonymous work @ E Grand & Beaubien….

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Find these expertly rendered pieces on the east exterior wall of Enterprise Uniform Company at 2862 E Grand Blvd. We nearly passed on shooting these hyper-realistic beauties thinking they were most likely photographs transferred to fabric. We love being wrong. Seriously impressive work here by local master Anthony Lee

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Phillip Simpson @ John R & Piquette…..

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Phillip Simpson’s Baltimore Gallery at 314 E Baltimore pictured below; extremely colorized by a number of local creators including Phybr, Rich Ayers, Jason Reed and Simpson himself. Find a handful of more street-level pieces on the retaining wall along the south side of the property…

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Phillip Simpson @ E Milwaukee & Hastings….

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A handful of anonymous works in the immediate vicinity of Tangent Gallery @ 715 E Milwaukee….

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If you hope to get your own shots of the five urban masterworks shown below locate the very first train trestle passing over Beaubien north of Piquette. Approach from the two-track directly to the northwest, and cross the trestle by foot. You’re welcome….

Find this bad boy back on street level, on a retaining wall in the shadow of the second trestle over Beaubien north of Piquette. Wet & Nasty? 6pm? Hell Yah. We’ll be there for sure….

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Can’t say for sure who painted this work on the north exterior wall of Contemporary Electric Detroit at 6543 Hastings, but if we had to guess we’d bet on Antonio “Shades” Agee….

Same building, south wall….

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Birdcap & W.C. Bevan @ approximately 2916 E Grand Blvd….

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In the lot on the west side of Hastings St just south of the train trestle at Hastings & Milwaukee….

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In the alley running east/west from Melrose to Oakland half a block north of Grand Blvd….

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Three additions to a multiple artist installation at 6291 Russell St that we first shot back in the Fall of 2015….

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And finally, this sadly accurate work of cultural criticism located just outside of Milwaukee Junction at St Aubin & Palmer….

In closing, then: Detroit Street Art & Graffiti Forever! ~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.