The story of Detroit, a city of rebirth and renewal, can be read on its colorful walls. Over the last few years, the city has really come to life and during our recent visit to Detroit we were able to explore one of the best areas in the city to see it’s growing collection of street art.
Detroit’s Eastern Market has been around since 1891 and is considered one of the countries oldest and largest year-round markets. On Saturdays, rain or shine and all year long, over 225 vendors sell all kinds of unique food and products. Everything from flowers to homemade salsa!
We had heard from a local that visiting the Eastern Market on a Saturday morning was one of the top things to experience in Detroit. We were already curious and ready to check it out, but when she said that it was also the best place to see Detroit’s street art, that sealed the deal for us.
We did some research and found out that for the last two years there has been a festival at the Eastern Market called Murals in the Market. During the event, over 50 local and international muralists painted live throughout the area and over the course of ten days. There was also music, children’s workshops, exhibits, and other cultural activities. It was basically a huge block party and looked like a lot of fun.
So after two festivals, there are now plenty of murals around Eastern Market for visitors to see. If you’re planning on taking a stroll to admire the pieces, we recommend taking a look at this map created by Murals in the Market. It shows the mural locations and the artists that painted them.
We probably spent a couple of hours walking around and taking photos, in between glancing at the products being sold at the market. Below are a few of our favorites…
The artists that created these murals in Detroit’s Eastern Market are, without of doubt, very talented. We even recognized some of the artists; they’ve also painted murals in an area of Miami called Wynwood.
Wynwood’s street art also came about because of an effort to renew and revitalize an area that many considered destitute. As we walked around and admired the pieces, we couldn’t help but think of home. And in this city that was new to us, we felt a sudden comfort. A connection and familiarity that brought smiles to our faces.
It will be interesting to see what new paintings and murals spring up over the next few years. Because like the city itself, Detroit’s street art scene is only on the rise.
What do you think of the street art in Detroit? Is there a mural you like the most? Let us know in the comments below! 🙂
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