|We made some time for art shenanigans and joined the French Revolution|
As we wandered through the institute I was moved by too many works of art to post here. Standing in front of an actual Rembrandt was surreal. I had not been to an art museum in 10 years. I am ashamed to admit it but slowly pondering art is not an activity for three restless little boys. I have taken my oldest to the 1st Sunday Gallery Walk and I have been to the East Lansing Art Festival. Other than that, I have been on a very low art diet. I was so grateful to Kaitlyn for allowing me to tag along.
This used to be the Deluxe Inn. It was an eye sore and a crime scene in our neighborhood one too many times. It is now scheduled for demolition in a month. A graffiti artist was arrested for tagging a train and this became his community service. He organized a league of graffiti artists to go ballistic on this soon to be pile of rubble. The result was an exhibit of graffiti art like one doesn’t see in Lansing. It was a gift to the community.
I took a bunch of pictures of the art. What I failed to capture was the outpouring of the community. The news channels showed up, the neighbors showed up and of course, the artists showed up in a big way. It was a beautiful piece of urban art work. My favorite on lookers were the middle aged Midwesterners that cruised the parking lot in their Hondas like it was Montana St. on Sunday night*.
If you get an opportunity, I strongly encourage you to make the drive to see how the art develops until it is gone. Especially if the best graffiti art you have ever seen was at a train stop. I am looking forward to driving by it on my next bike ride. Maybe I will see you there.
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*Every Sunday night, In El Paso, Texas, beautiful cars cruise Montana Avenue to show off their detailing, rims and sound systems. Or they used to about 10 years ago. Yep, I’m from the EPT.