The Grand River Creative Corridor Outdoor Gallery
See street art elevated to fine art at the Grand River Creative Corridor (GRCC) Outdoor Gallery on the southeast corner of Grand River Avenue and 15th Street in the Core City neighborhood. Sponsored by 4731 Gallery and located right next door, the 11-piece first installment of the GRCC Outdoor Gallery, collectively known as “Detroit Repurposed”, is the brainchild of local painter and Center for Creative Studies graduate, Sydney G. James. The project’s intent is best related by the text of its first panel, shown in the eleventh photo of this post’s album. It reads:
“The GRCC Outdoor Gallery is a Diego Rivera ‘Detroit Industry’ fresco inspired fine art contribution to the GRCC project. ‘The Detroit Industry fresco cycle was conceived by Mexican muralist Diego Rivera (1886-1957) as a tribute to the city’s manufacturing base and labor force of the 1930s…Rivera was a Marxist who believed that art belonged on public walls rather than in private galleries.’ The GRCC artists are no Marxists, however they share similar beliefs with Rivera regarding public art. 10 artists and craftsmen created an outdoor visual art experience that is open for any and all to see. Rivera illustrated the culture of Detroit in the 1930s. The GRCC artists have illustrated what is occurring now and the future aspirations for the state of the city.
Founder of the GRCC: Derek Weaver
Contributing Artists and Craftsmen: Sydney G. James, Clifton Perry, Christopher Batten, Sabrina Nelson, Halima Cassells, Tanecia Nunlee, Alonzo Edwards, Lamar Landers, Deandre Norman and Aerial Qualls”
Click on any image in this post and peruse our album of 29 photos, each with captions detailing the specific artist who painted the piece shown, the names of the artists depicted within their painting, and the materials they used. Project coordinator Sydney G. James tells us a second installment of the GRCC Outdoor Gallery is already in the works and will be located across the street in the lot just to the northwest of 4758 Grand River. ~I♥DM