Visit Detroit Fall 2015 & Winter 2016

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CALL 800-DETROIT | VISITDETROIT.COM | 37 Z is for Art As this publication was going to print, street art legends How & Nosm were on their way to town from New York at the bidding of billionaire businessman Dan Gilbert, who commissioned what could end up being the world's tallest mural — 354 feet high and 80 feet wide — on the side of his First National Building downtown. How & Nosm is the name used by brothers Raoul and Davide Perre, identical twins from Spain who achieved fame in New York City and whose work can also be seen in Gilbert's Z parking garage. Called the Z because it zigzags the corners of Broadway and East Grand River, and Library and Gratiot, the garage takes parking to the next level, thanks in part to The Belt, an alley art gallery be- tween its two wings that features a rotating crop of pop-up exhibits. A collaboration between Gilbert's Bedrock Real Estate Services and the Library Street Collective gallery, the team also brought in mural artists from as far away as Australia, Greece, Mexico, Ukraine and Switzerland to leave their permanent mark inside this artists' United Nations of parking struc- tures — and create something worthy of a special trip. Rusinow said Show Me Detroit Tours has been known to pay the short-term parking fee for the sole purpose of driving groups through the 10-floor structure and then exit- ing without ever pulling into a spot. She recommends a similar approach to the Detroit People Mover. Even when visitors don't have a reason to travel the 2.9- mile loop of this elevated light- rail system, she said the journey is well worth the 75-cent toll. The People Mover's renowned Art in the Stations is a $2 million collection of 13 mixed-media displays featuring everything from Pewabic Pottery and Venetian glass to bronze and neon. Along those same lines is the Dequindre Cut Greenway, a 1.35- mile railroad-turned-recreational path that links the riverfront to Eastern Market below street level. The paved path — with divided lanes for bike and foot traffic — is lined with murals, including the 15- by 100-foot Nature's Wrath by Malt. In spring through fall, high- quality reproductions of master- pieces can be seen alongside the urban art — as well as in locations across the metro area — through the Detroit Institute of Arts' (DIA) Inside|Out program. Painting for Dollars Across town in southwest Detroit, Mexican-themed murals and tile mosaics — many on Bagley Street — celebrate culture in colorful fashion. A number of the area's outdoor art expressions, includ- ing the signature cornfield mural at Bagley and St. Anne streets, are the handiwork of Vito Valdez, a former Detroit autoworker. Valdez now works with the DIA as a studio instructor teaching youth and would-be artists the positive impact street art can have on the revitalization of a community. Perhaps inspired by this area's long-established beauty, several other initiatives have also recently been launched to reclaim previ- ously vandalized property and provide outreach opportunities to local youth. THERE'S MORE! "CHANGE HAS TO START SOMEWHERE, AND WE START WITH ART." Famed street artist Shepard Fairey recently painted his largest mural to date on the side of downtown Detroit's One Campus Martius. It took more than 300 cans of spray paint to finish the 185-foot mural. — DEREK WEAVER JULIE FRIEDMAN JULIE FRIEDMAN JULIE FRIEDMAN

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