Public Art


Willie Wayne Smith's large-scale public work Weather Permitting, located at 35 E. Grand River in downtown Detroit.

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Unity, a towering 118-foot-by-50-foot mural, just completed on the north elevation of 28Grand, Bedrock’s new 13-story, micro-loft building in Downtown Detroit.  The artist states that his ambition for the mural is to reach new audiences, and that he has further plans for public installations in the future.

“I felt if I could use black and white, which is the greatest combination of opposites, it would speak the strongest language and I could speak it,” McGee says of the mural. “I feel if I'm going to put it out there, I want it to be strong."

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Swoon and Detroit artist Baba Wayne complete a collaborative mural in the Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood which coincides with her exhibition The Light After. The community initiative is presented by the Detroit Institute of Arts and Library Street Collective. The mural is located on 14635 East Jefferson, Detroit. An additional mural was also completed while in Detroit, Monica, a 17' public work located at 500 Woodward, Detroit.



Addressing pop culture and racial conflicts, Nina Chanel Abney paints scenes rooted in autobiography, current events, and traditional storytelling. Driven by a fascination with the perceived importance of celebrity news as compared to politics, she works in a pop-surrealist style, employing cartoonish figures and playful compositions to echo the perpetual stimulation of the digital age. Abney’s paintings present new ways of approaching loaded topics and generating discussion, allowing viewers to come to their own conclusions. In the “Always a Winner” series, which addresses the Black Lives Matter movement, police batons are phallic symbols and clown makeup suggests racial distinctions. The series reflects the absurdity and information overload of the internet era and questions the ways in which people are affected by abuses of power. Nina’s work is in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Rubell Family Collection and the Corcoran Gallery of Art.


HOW & NOSM, 2016

Coinciding with their April 2016 exhibition, Library Street Collective presented a mural by How & Nosm - titled Balancing Act - in partnership with Bedrock Detroit and Meridian Health. In place next to the Shepard Fairey work completed in May of 2015 at One Campus Martius, it is the twins' tallest mural to date. the 184’ by 60’ piece explores the delicate nature of family and community on a societal scale and only took 6 days to complete, staying true to the Perre brother's reputation as the fastest muralists in the world. 




Celebrated artist Shepard Fairey created his largest mural to date on the north side of One Campus Martius in the core of downtown Detroit in May of 2015. The 184-foot-by-60-foot mural rises in a tower of stencilled red-and-cream geometric shapes that sport some of the Los Angeles-based artist's favorite images — the stylized face of Andre the Giant in a central five-pointed star, wavy curves of lotus leaves and, at the top, a peace sign and the scales of justice.

Fairey is best known for creating the ubiquitous "Hope" image of Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign. The piece was commissioned by Dan Gilbert's Bedrock Real Estate Services, Meridian Health and curated by Library Street Collective to be a signature work of public art in Detroit.


ARYZ, 2015

May 24, 2015 (StreetArtNews)

Aryz is currently in states and after having a successful solo show in LA, he recently stopped in Detroit to paint a new street piece. Invited by the people from Library Street Collective, Spanish artist chose his figurative style for this mural. After couple of days on the cherry picker, he recently wrapped up this interesting image showing a shirtless working man pulling or carrying his clones over the shoulder. With this work Aryz is continuing his efforts to translate his intuitive, sketch like drawing style onto a large scale, but also, incorporate his painting skills he has been mastering lately. In his signature style he picket a very distinctive color palette which helped him blending the image into it’s surrounding.



'I describe my public works as contemporary public art and my paintings as contemporary painting. I’m interested in the relationships of elements, shapes and colors and how they interact with each other. Mark-making is a form of expression that I like to focus on as well. I think a lot about context and where the work will be seen.’ – HENSE

In September of 2014, Alex Brewer (Hense) painted a mural on the Madison Theatre Building in downtown Detroit, curated by Library Street Collective; the artwork measures approximately 10,000 square feet - over six stories tall - and required over one hundred gallons of paint to complete. 

'Generally I work with a bit of a spontaneous process, but being that the Madison Building is such a massive scale, I selected colors ahead of time and had a little bit of an idea of what direction I wanted to go in. All of my work is purely abstract and non-representational, so it's not intended to have any kind of meaning other than the form, line, color and composition'