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Public art in the spotlight for Detroit Love 313 celebration

"Talking Fence” by Design 99 and Wiley McDowell PHOTO BY STEVE FURAY

“Talking Fence” by Design 99 and Wiley McDowell
PHOTO BY STEVE FURAY

By Steve Furay
Special to the Michigan Citizen

Featured installations visited included “Butterfly Park” at the Brightmoor Community Center; “Talking Fence and Illuminated Garage” by Design 99 and Wiley McDowell on Lamphere Street in Brightmoor; “Growing Together,” a marble statue by Larry Halbert and Shamlord Kaza-Yao in Rouge Park; and the “Food Justice Amphitheatre” by Nivek Monet and Lindsey Jewell in Rouge Park.

The Brightmoor Farmway on Grayfield Street was another highlight of the tour — an innovative stretch of community-supported gardens and art providing a haven of green space and fresh produce in the residential district.

“Food Justice Amphitheatre” by Nivek Monet and Lindsey Jewell PHOTO BY STEVE FURAY

“Food Justice Amphitheatre” by Nivek Monet and Lindsey Jewell
PHOTO BY STEVE FURAY

Also featured on the tour were new “DIA Inside|Out” displays, high quality reproductions from the museum’s collection installed in parks and on streets in the city to help expose residents to these works of fine art.

The Forward Arts program was established in 2010 to help initiate art programs in the Detroit community. The College for Creative Studies’ program “community+public arts:DETROIT” also supports public arts initiatives to bring creative expression to neighborhoods in need.

“Illuminated Garage” by Design 99 and Wiley McDowell PHOTO BY STEVE FURAY

“Illuminated Garage” by Design 99 and Wiley McDowell
PHOTO BY STEVE FURAY

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