When Detroit, Michigan was struggling with its financial issues and coming out of bankruptcy, civic and community leaders developed a number of low-cost, high-impact projects to improve their neighborhoods.
In many places, all that was needed was a gallon of paint. Or two.
Public Art in Detroit MI
The art can be found in many places, often brightening a boring brick wall of a warehouse or grocery store, like this addition to the West Village neighborhood.
Imagine how this would brighten your spirit as you walk or drive past it every day.
These fanciful little surprises can be found all over the city, but a particular place you should seek out on your next visit to Detroit is an alleyway called The Belt.
Located between Broadway and Library Street, the area gets its name from its location in the former garment manufacturing district downtown. It’s basically a wide alley once filled with trash dumpsters, darkness and other debris from a gritty downtown.
Until the artists came in with their vision of a better city.
The alleyway is adjacent to a parking garage and really, what is more boring than the concrete blandness of a parking garage. And, they can be kind of scary, too.
The artists changed that as well.
I was there during the day time, but was told that some of the trendiest nightclubs and restaurants open in the evening hours in alleyway known as The Belt.
But Detroit’s creativity and color is not limited to brick and concrete pallets. Why have a boring gray bicycle stand, when you can have THIS?
And why sit on a colorless park bench, when you can sit HERE?
And why go to some drab, boring place when you can explore all of the colorful, low-cost creativity in the new Detroit!?!