Detroit News columnist Donna Terek says she wasn't thrilled with last year's Juxtapoz art project
, in which the California-based mag turned six national artists loose in an East Side Detroit neighborhood to work their magic on a street of abandoned homes. But two of those "fly-by-night" creatives are making a permanent nest in Detroit, and brought five more with them.
Artist Ryan Doyle, along with his family, will continue working on the three-story art installation he calls the "Treasure's Nest" while running an informal artists' hostel and planting an urban garden. And Doyle already sounds like a resident: "I don't know why everyone doesn't want to move to Detroit," he says.
In a way, what they're doing seems a hipster cliche by now: move to
Detroit, buy a cheap house, plant an urban garden. But so what? Cliches
develop because they are methods that work. Detroit could use more like
In fact, it can use a lot more. In a city bleeding
population, can we afford to look askance at a transfusion of creative
plasma like these enthusiastic Detroit-ophiles? We need as many
of them as are willing to come. And, while I was skeptical about the
magazine's helicopter artist drop, this is exactly the kind of thing
that creates buzz about Detroit on the coasts where the majority of
cultural opinion makers resides and publishes.
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