Detroit Beautification Project @ Veterans Park 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 third of eight new photo-heavy posts showcasing eight separate locations that feature multiple, freshly painted masterworks.
Our third piece of evidence is a group of six artworks found within the little used and poorly maintained Veterans Park in Hamtramck, at the terminus of Dan Street off Jos Campau at approximately the 8400 block. You’ll find sweets sigs by “Pose” and “Nekst” among the five tags here, and a small utility building with the image of a yummy hamburger completely covering two of its walls. Artless teenagers have already defaced the latter work, but the signatures are still pristine as of this post’s publication. We couldn’t help but notice, while photographing these freshly painted tags, the ironic juxtaposition of a threatening sign spelling out Hamtramck’s seemingly obsolete anti-graffiti ordinance.
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