Category Archives: detroit

inside out and outside in.

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 entering the anna scripps whitcomb conservatory

designed by albert kahn and george mason in 1904

on belle isle, in detroit, michigan

you realize what an amazing vision of the world they had

“architecture is not such a knowledge form, but a form of knowledge.”

-bernard tschumi

 

detroit’s made another trip around the sun.

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detroit looks pretty good for being 320 years old

happy birthday.

 

“there are cities that get by on their good looks, offer climate and scenery, views of mountains or oceans, rockbound or with palm trees. and there are cities like detroit that have to work for a living.”

-*elmore leonard

 

*note – (elmore was a prolific american author/screenwriter who lived in the detroit area, where i grew up.

my father resembled elmore in his later years, was frequently mistaken for him,

and signed autographs upon request)

 

 

photo image: detroit river conservancy, detroit riverfront, michigan, usa

art house.

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the kinder created a new house for the fairies

after their old house broke apart

and they had nowhere to live.

after learning about detroit artist, tyree guyton,

they created the house in his artistic style

and placed it in the garden

where beautiful flowers were just beginning to bloom.

“life itself is an art form”

-tyree guyton (creator of the heidelberg project)

https://www.tyreeguyton.com/about

industry.

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This week marks the anniversary of the debut of Diego Rivera’s “Detroit Industry Murals” in 1933.
Rivera’s work is a monumental 27-panel mural at the Detroit Institute of Arts
that portrays the geological, technological, and human history of Detroit. 
I have visited these murals since I was a young child and I never fail to be amazed.

Explore what makes “Detroit Industry Murals” a masterpiece in this episode of Bank of America‘s “Masterpiece Moment.”

credits: detroit institute of arts, bank of america

open society.

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 powerful messages found everywhere

 

“in an open society, no idea can be above scrutiny, just as no people should be beneath dignity.”

-maajid nawaz

 

grand trunk pub, detroit, michigan, usa -2020

art is community.

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‘los trompos,’ (spanish for spinning tops)

a giant spinning top art installation,

visits detroit’s beacon park from mexico city

'Los Trompos.' - ABEL KLAINBAUM

the eight giant, colorful tops, designed by *héctor esrawe and ignacio cadena, are large enough for multiple people to sit or stand inside them, and visitors are welcome to take a spin. they were designed to facilitate play, celebrate culture, and bring people together to interact and connect. Los Trompos is an interactive piece that comes to life when people engage with it. the tops are based on the construction of the actual toy and reflect the work of mexican artisans, as well as mexican culture, art, and architecture. 

community comes together to dance in the park
so fun to be here
as all kinds of people stopped by
just to play and connect with each other. 

“simply enjoy life and the great pleasures that come with it.”

-karolina ku

credits: sonia kahleel, metro times

 * héctor esrawe is an industrial designer with a cross-disciplinary design atelier located in mexico city. ignacio cadena is the founder of cadena+asoc. concept design, a mexico-based interior design firm. the two often collaborate with each other, and together they won two interior design best of year awards in 2017

what do you get for three dollars and seventy five cents?

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a ticket

to watch

the detroit lions

play

a

pre-season

football game

 the score

has no meaning

 like watching

kids run around with a ball

gentle

careful

not to play too hard

no one wants to get hurt

and

a walk outside

after the game

leads to

a free front row seat

right on the curb

best seat in the city

on a warm and breezy

summer night

 live music

fills the air

 you listen

as our hometown boy

eminem

and his friend

rhianna

sing their hearts out

outside

right across the street

only 50 feet away

where

the detroit tigers

play baseball

fireworks go off

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 great music booms through the air

clear as a bell

 bikes

that light up like magic

glide on by

and

fans of all kinds

music

and

football

and

 those who just love detroit

all

together

running

and

dancing

and

talking

and

smiling

in the street

and

happy police

stand by

and

take it all in

 a great feeling

fills the street

and overflows

as all paths cross

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and

worlds collide

into

a perfect night

between two worlds life hovers like a star,

twixt night and morn, upon the horizon’s verge.

 – lord byron

hell yeah, usa !

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10342899_262373547279955_5105902017281530985_n-2 patrons of third street in detroit go nuts for a world cup goal by the red, white and blue.


‘The applause is a celebration not only of the actors but also of the audience.

It constitutes a shared moment of delight.’

John Charles Polanyi

photo image: Hell Yeah Detrroit