Thursday, April 25, 2013
A Day of Decoration in Detroit
Not really. Seriously, would we be seen in a ride with wheels that sad? The rest of the car is awesome.
So today we decided to check out a building we'd kept driving by and were yearning to be on the roof of.
There website is here. They also have guest artists featuring their work so there was a wonderful selection to choose from. Some of their tiles can also be seen in The National Shrine in DC.
Video here. It was pretty dingy inside, with a laundry room advertised in a lobby that also rented out fridges on a weekly basis. The clerk was behind a heavy glass pane with candy and soda for sale and regarded me suspiciously. A TV lounge was open with a few guys lounging on grubby chairs. We didn't hang about and had no urge to change hotels.
We pulled up outside the Fisher body 21, another abandoned car plant. No complete vehicles were made here, only the bodies, including many Buicks and Cadillacs. Opening in the 1920's, it closed in the early 1990's. They expanded, building over 40 plants, hence this one being called 21. Full story is here.
We stopped at the Fisher Houses to get some close up photos.
Our next stop was the Heidelburg Project, a small community of decorated houses and outside artwork started in 1986 by Tyree Guyton who was shocked to see how his neighborhood had deteriorated when he came back from war, slowly worsening since the 1967 riots. His streets had once been a thriving little community yet had turned into an area where people were scared to walk at dark. His project has turned this around and his community is once again a safe place. As we approached we could see large bright splashes of color with stuff laid out everywhere. Folks were friendly and smiling and the streets beckoned us to walk around.
Here's a quick video I shot of one of the houses.
It was a bizarre little area and amusing to walk around, but some of the stuff I just didn't get, such as the oven with gloves above. But the area's trying to get a message across and make people aware of their neighborhood, and they've certainly achieved that. And the cats were cute!
Our last visit this day was the Michigan Central Station. We'd driven past a few times but wanted to save it for the end of day when the lighting would be good for photographing. Before coming to Detroit I'd had big plans of lighting up the building on the outside for some night shooting but that wasn't going to happen. The place is locked up like Fort Knox with a big barbed fence and police patrol it on a regular basis so we had to make do with walking around looking up at it from a distance.
This is an interesting website, keeping an eye on development of the station, especially the windows.