This year I visited Detroit, Michigan for the first time and I was blown away by how beautiful and artsy the city is! These beautiful art murals of Detroit listed below are just a tiny fraction of what you will find throughout the city! From the Eastern Market art murals to the the Belt Alley and Heidelberg Project, you could spend an entire week hunting down and admiring some seriously talented art in Detroit!
Eastern Market Art Murals in Detroit:
The Eastern Market in Detroit is one of the oldest and largest year-round public markets in the United States. It’s actually a non profit organization that builds tremendous community support in the local area. They feature hundreds of vendors acquiring tens of thousands of visitors during peak season and is open year round!
As you walk or drive around the neighborhood you can’t help but be amazed at the local talent featured throughout town. So grab some fresh healthy market produce and enjoy the art while you’re there!
This unique art piece is perhaps one of the most colorful that I discovered.
This is a strong piece that resonates well with the growing Detroit art scene.
This haunting artwork is one of my favorites.
There are actually two of these awesome sharks nearby the Eastern Market, unfortunately both behind construction fences! I can absolutely see this piece engulfing the side of an aquarium somewhere!
*There are SO MANY more art murals in the Eastern Market area that are not shown here! Between the FREEZING cold winter weather when I visited and time constraints I couldn’t possibly photograph them all!
What is the Heidelberg Project in Detroit?
The Heidelberg Project is a unique community art installation that you can see right from your car. This art project began back in 1986 when Tyree Guyton returned back to the neighborhood and decided to turn this drug-ridden area around in a positive way. By 1988 the vision was to inspire people to appreciate and use artistic expression to enrich their lives and to improve the social and economic health of the greater community.
Although met with some heated debate, the Heidelberg Project is constantly spreading and evolving and now includes nearby vacant lots, abandoned houses, sidewalks, fences, and pretty much anywhere else available that you can find.
A Glimpse of the Belt Alley in Detroit:
This impressive alley in downtown Detroit is known as the Belt Alley. Nestled between some great shops and pizza restaurants in Detroit, there are some truly beautiful art pieces down this quiet alley! You can learn more about the artists and new art commissions on their Facebook page here.