Detroit is having a rough time. The city has been in decline for decades, and it filed for bankruptcy last week. There has even been talk of selling the city's art collection to pay down debts. But the picture of Detroit painted by the financial headlines is not all there is to the city. A number of artists, working in different mediums, have captured the real Detroit for the world to enjoy.
These are just a few examples. Leave your favorite Detroit art, from any medium or genre, in the comments. Let's start a PolicyMic "Love of Detroit" art fest.
Over the course of a five-year project, these millennial photographers from France captured the decayed state of many abandoned buildings in Detroit. Photos from their exhibit, "The Ruins of Detroit," can be seen on the pair's website.
Like it or hate it, no list of artistic interpretations of Detroit would be complete without the movie 8 Mile. The gritty depiction of life in one of the city's rougher areas was nominated for 19 awards and its theme won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.