The mural in Detroit’s industrial district will be up for public viewing on November 22, 2018.
It will be a reminder of what Detroit has to offer, said Vimal Desai, the director of the museum’s Urban Art Museum.
“What I like about the mural is that it reflects the past and is connected to what Detroit was at the beginning of its renaissance,” he said.
“It’s not just a piece of art.
It’s a reflection of Detroit as a city and what it means to live in the heart of the city.”
The mural was commissioned by Detroit resident and former Detroit Free Press reporter and muralist Michael C. Hall.
The artist said he wanted to create a “moment of reflection” in the Detroit skyline, adding that the mural will show a “new face” of Detroit, according to a news release.
“The mural will reflect the people who came here and the people that lived here,” Desai said.
The mural, which has been up for more than two decades, is titled “Industrial Nightstand,” and will be on display for 10 days from November 23 to December 8.
“I think the most striking thing about the art is that the walls are actually moving and reacting to the time of day,” Hall said in a phone interview with The Hindu.
The work will be located on the facade of the new Detroit Public Library, the largest in the world.
The city has become a hub for industrial development, attracting businesses, hospitals and even the world’s tallest skyscraper, the Willis Tower, which is about the size of a city block.
Hall said he hopes that by painting the mural he will be able to raise awareness about Detroit and its history.
“That’s why I started this mural project,” Hall told The Hindu in a video interview.
“My hope is to show that there’s still a future for Detroit and that Detroit has still been alive.
I hope to make a positive impact on Detroit.”
Hall’s mural is the first mural that the museum has commissioned, and the first to be installed in the library, Desai told The News.
“There are a lot of things that I see here,” Hall added.
“These buildings are the best that they can be.”
The artist and his team had a hard time finding funding for the mural because it’s not a permanent piece of artwork, he said, adding, “We were very fortunate to be able have the support of the National Endowment for the Arts.”
The museum has a number of other murals, including the work by the American painter David H. Koch, and a work by artist Richard Avedon.
“We don’t do murals for the sake of being murals,” Desay said.
However, the mural, like Hall’s, will be part of a larger exhibition of works by Detroit artists.
Desai’s mural, he added, will show people how Detroit has evolved from the 1950s to the present.
“As the city’s industrial base has grown, so has its sense of community and community spirit,” Desais said.
It is not clear whether the mural on display will be one of the first of its kind in Detroit.
It may be a bit of a surprise, though, to some who think Detroit is overrun by art.
“This is the largest city in the country with an art museum, so you know there’s going to be a lot more,” Desaid said.
But for Desai and Hall, it’s an opportunity to celebrate the city they call home and its past.
“If you don’t know Detroit, then you probably have no idea what it’s like,” Desa said.