March 11, 2013

Exploring Detroit with Jason Sturgill

2:48 am in art,community,conversations,streets dustin hostetler

I headed up to Windsor this weekend to pick up my friend from Portland, Jason Sturgill. Jason was in Windsor to work on something with Broken City Lab called “Windsor Is Forever.” It’s a great project and now I’m brainstorming on doing something like it in Toledo.

After making my way through the border patrol, I grabbed Jason and we headed to Detroit. To be honest, I didn’t really understand how awesome of an experience I was in for. Our first stop was to the Power House. Gina Reichert (from Design 99) and her daughter gave us a tour of the project.



We checked out the Juxtapox X Detroit houses, which seem to still be works in progress. Above is a house sculpture by Ben Wolf, which blew my mind.


Walking down the sidewalk and seeing a SWOON piece in Detroit was a thrill.


The Sound House, decorated by Richard Coleman and RETNA was a trip.



Later Jason and I did a little exploring and were surprised to see so much random art on walls. Not all of it great, but it’s everywhere. Graffiti, street art, random shit you can’t even describe… everywhere.


We also hit the MOCAD which I’m embarrassed to admit I’ve never visited before. The experimental space was filled with compelling and thought provoking contemporary art.


The city is filled with boat loads of ruin porn. Loads and loads. And it’s all good, even when it’s bad.


Like all good Detroit urban explorers, we had to grab a picture of Michigan Central Station. Even in all of it’s dust and decay, we felt a lot of life.

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