I love to travel and I’ve been dying to go to Detroit. So when a friend of mine invited me along on a quick trip to Detroit to install an art exhibition, I was thrilled. This past week I spent time exploring Michigan, creating an installation piece, and riding in a car. There was a lot of riding in a car.
Here are some of the highlights.
Detroit has seemed very interesting to me because of the rich history of the city and recent economic changes. While it was once a prospering and bustling city, now the core metro area is very depressed. Certain areas have popped up with cool shops and restaurants, but other neighborhoods are filled with abandoned buildings and graffiti. It’s odd to have such a great variety all within one city. One neighborhood has been transformed into a block-wide art, called The Heidelberg Project, with pieces all attached to buildings and dotting the lawns of multiple consecutive houses. On the same day we visited an amazing art museum comparable to New York City Museums.
The installation was for an exhibit at Whitdel Arts called The Temporary Show. Each work was designed to only last a short while. My friends, as part of their collaborative group forceperunit, installed a drawing of Detroit on the cement floor. It was done in chalk marker and designed to wear away as people walked throughout the gallery. I thought it was a great symbol for the show and also for Detroit as a city.
We also took a side-trip to the Western edge of Michigan. I got to walk out on Lake Michigan, which was completely frozen over. It was surreal to be so far from shore, walking on what seemed like a giant iceberg.
The trip was a really great experience. Since I just tagged along, it was super cheap. It was thought provoking to see such a multi-faceted city and get to experience all different parts of it.