Baltimore artist, lecturer gets rude welcome to Detroit

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Grand River Creative Corridor
Michael Owen
Michael Owen

A Baltimore artist visiting Detroit got a cruel welcome to the Motor City.

When Michael Owen woke up Wednesday morning in southwest Detroit, he discovered someone had stolen his rental car and $700 worth of paint supplies that had been donated to him to paint positive murals in the Grand River Creative Corridor.

Owen, who also is in Detroit to lecture at Marygrove College, shook off his frustrations and painted a beautiful mural atop a Grand River building that depicts over-sized hand shadows that spell out “LOVE.” He did it at no cost and said he wanted to spread positivity in the city.

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Via Facebook

“Battled through snow and a stolen car to bring the first LOVE mural outside of Baltimore to Detroit!” Owen wrote on his Facebook page.

Owen, who is the creator and lead artist of the Baltimore Love Project, plans to paint several more murals in Detroit.

Check out his website for more samples of his unique work.

The Grand River Creative Corridor has transformed bland, decaying buildings.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

  • Denis Alfonso Rochac

    Dude’ll still get paid

    • Michael Owen

      I did it for free.

      • Michael Owen

        actually, I put some of my own money in too

      • Michael Owen

        and put some of my own money in

      • muckraker_steve

        Welcome to Detroit, Michael! Your mural is beautiful.

    • Guest

      actually, I put some of my own money in too

  • Denis Alfonso Rochac

    Fucken Boo Hoo! Also what’s Motorcity’s shit rakers definition of graffiti? Because ya’ll keep confusing me about what’s good and what’s bad

    • muckraker_steve

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      • Samuel Hoadley

        Didn’t someone get shot in the building back in 2000 at a rave party?

    • Dust Buster

      allow me to help. a mural, be it paid for or free done with the permission of the property owner is not crapfititi. similar to hiring someone to paint your house or garage. some loser jacked up on weed and redbull with a backpack full of krylon, spraying other peoples property, without permission is different. that is a crime.

      if i may offer another example to illuminate my point. walking into a store and placing a can of paint and a kit kat bar on the counter and handing money over to the cashier is called “buying” something.

      sticking a can of krylon and a kit kat bar into your cargo pants and walking out is “stealing” let me know if that helps. if not, i can give you a few more examples.

  • Miles666

    How can you do “exposés” on graffiti writers then turn around and give this carpetbagging sap a heartstring piece?

    • muckraker_steve

      Because there is a big difference between a muralist painting something legal and a person defacing a building.

    • Dust Buster

      wow i never thought of the out-of-town angle. apparently like many animals in nature, there also exists a territorial food chain of vandal sprayers. next time you spot an out of town carpet bagger painting do what they do on animal planet. urinate on his supplies or vehicle. drag your butt on the ground to spread your scent and get you friends to climb a tree or stand on a tall building and start scream shrieking and maybe fling some feces at him.