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