Posted by Erica March 19, 2012

Last May Street Culture Mash and 323East Gallery began a public art project on Woodward Ave in downtown Detroit. Woodward Ave is known as one of Detroit's most historic streets, It was once known as a colorful shopping district but had recently become more and more vacant, aside from a few night clubs and sushi bars scattered through out blocks 1400-1500. SCM's idea was to take abandoned store fronts and put art in the windows to fill the vacant space with something stimulating to look at. 


The Gallery had contacted some of Detroit's most renowned graffiti artist Rift, Fel3000ft, Malt and Sintex, to help them transform 2 store fronts. Memorial day weekend was a great time to start because Movement - Detroit Techno Festival would be bumping the tunes just a few blocks away. The artists worked straight through until the project was completed. SCM installed every single piece of art in the windows -- tough work i'm sure! 


Once the project was complete different media outlets through out Detroit found the story interesting and brought the projects attention to the city government and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation. With the DEGC's help 323East Gallery secured additional spaces on Woodward Ave to provide exhibition space for artists. 

If you drive down Woodward Ave you will stumble upon the works of Tristan EatonTrustoCorpAVONE and Ron English in what was formerly the Michigan National Bank. The building wraps around the block onto Clifford where they have two pieces from The Tenderloin Project by Sean Desmond, the first being a collab with Mike Giant and the second with Benny GoldSean Desmond, and Jason Vaughn.



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