Sunday, February 13, 2011

every picture tells a story

May the strength of God pilot us, may the wisdom of God instruct us, may the hand of God protect us, may the word of God direct us. Be always ours this day and for evermore.
Irish Blessings

some snaps from detroit. if every picture tells a story here's a few yarns for ya! the top photo is the memorial sculpture called the hand of god, which honors detroit statesman frank murphy.

my traveling partner, close friend and fictive sister anne as we start our tour of detroit, our first stop was the dia

since our time was limited we focused primarily on three exhibits at dia - the native american hall; a special photography exhibition an intuitive eye: andre kertész photographs; and the diego rivera murals

the museum received a gift from the knight foundation for the self guided multimedia tour of rivera's detroit industry murals using an ipad. the ipads were rolled out just a few weeks ago. we took advantage of this incredible free guide through the murals - the ipads are loaded with a number of instructional videos. we watched all of them, this meant staying in the rivera court for an hour and a half or so, but it was worth it. if you don't have the opportunity to visit detroit and see the murals first hand, you can still learn about this incredible piece of art as the multimedia tutorial is also available by visiting here.

across woodward avenue from the dia is the detroit public library. library mouse that I am insisted we pop in for a peek. amazing building; what wonderful resource for the people of detroit. this room on the second floor of the library features a remarkable set of murals entitled man's mobility by john coppin. currently there is a special exhibit in the hall on dennis archer, who among many other achievements served as mayor of detroit (1994-2001); archer remains a positive force in the community to this day - at least according to this exhibit.

on our way to the hotel we drove by comerica park where the detroit tigers now play - this field replaced the historic tiger stadium in 2000. man, it's so cold in detroit, the tiger even needs to put on a coat!

for dinner friday evening we headed over to detroit's mexican town neighborhood, after dinner at the popular mexican town restaurant (which we give two enthusiastic thumbs up) we loaded up on pastries for our honeys at home from la gloria bakery.

the historic eastern market. and below a few faces of some of the folks we met when we visited

a.j. who works at the friend of eastern market booth and provided us a wonderful history of the market including what is going on with the current campaign to improve and renovate parts of the market.

these are the honeymen I mentioned in yesterday's post. the man on the left told us that his family has been selling their goods at the eastern market since the 1890s and his family has been in this very location for over sixty years! I asked if he has been affected by colony collapse disorder and thankfully, he reported that so far his bees have been spared from this devastating plague.

this lady told me I could take her photo as long as she pretended I wasn't taking I snapped away. I was quite taken by her adornments - including those crazy fingernails - yow!

okay, one sad photo. detroit is still suffering from the ravages of many economic and social hardships and crises. the number of abandoned buildings was staggering.

okay, that's all I have time for today. hope you enjoyed a few of the snaps I took.

so many snaps I'm skipping the vid, but if you want to hear today's theme song, rod's every picture tells a story (don't it?) just click here.


Dumdad said...

Wow, those lady's fingernails are something else!

California Girl said...

I think what I like most about your posts are your photographs of every day life.

Roy said...

Do we know what exactly is historical about the historical building up for sale? It looks like it might have been a prison!

Betsy Brock said...

Fun!~ You picked some great exhibits to look through..they look amazing!

Love the bakery guys texting! ha.

Watson said...

I envy you this amazing trip, mouse! Thanks for sharing it with us. Amazing photos and places.

karen said...

I just love the ceiling in the photo I think third down...and how the picture on the wall is of a man looking up to it. Great photos...looks like a good trip.

Margaret said...

Would love to have that boarded up bldg. Have a feeling Detroit's full of treasures like that. BTW, There is an amazing African American Museum in Detroit. Went to Detroit once just to visit it - it's THAT good. (I live in Brooklyn, NY)