A Painted City

Uniroyal Tire Plant from East Jefferson Avenue (Carol Fink, 1981)

Wall murals and street art in Detroit are drawing international attention these days, as artful graffiti is being more recognized as a legitimate form of expression and urban beautification than as vandalism. But this is no new phenomena to Detroiters. These images from the Documenting Detroit Collection depicted murals from several decades ago. Search our digital collection to find many more.

Until recently, Shed 2 at Eastern Market featured large paintings over the entrances, and the munching cow on the Eastern Market Cold Storage Co. has been slightly altered from its origin as a bank advertisement. (G. Edwynn Houk, 1970s)

Corner of Market and Napoleon Streets in Eastern Market. (Jeannette Kuhn)

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