May 12, 2016 christa

Art is Everywhere/Everywhere is Art

Detroit has become a hub for artists and entrepreneurs, thanks to cheap real estate and plenty of space to bring creativity to life. As a result, a flurry of new murals and public art projects are enlivening run-down corners of the city, making it a vibrant destination for art enthusiasts and tourists alike.

Last fall, a street art festival brought in talent from all over the world to add color to Detroit’s historic farmers’ market, and last spring, Shepard Fairey peppered the city with murals when he was in town for an exhibition of his works. As a result, the amount of public art that’s available just driving through the city has amassed to a critical level, says Jesse Cory, founder of Innerstate Gallery. “We’ve reached a tipping point in 2016.”

While all this new work is attracting attention and tourists, murals are nothing new for Detroit. It’s home to the 30-year-old Heidelberg Project, one of the oldest renegade art-for-urban-renewal initiatives in the country.

If you’re looking to experience Detroit’s street art boom, there are plenty of places to explore. Start by visiting Eastern Market, where you’ll find a collection of colorful murals that celebrate the city’s history and culture. From there, head to the Heidelberg Project, where you’ll find a neighborhood full of abandoned houses that have been transformed into a vibrant outdoor art installation.

Finally, take a drive through the city to discover the new murals and public art projects that are popping up all over. With so much creativity and innovation on display, Detroit has truly become a must-visit destination for anyone interested in street art and urban renewal.