Stories indexed with the term ‘urban art’

A Shrine to What?

Liberty Plaza Shrine

Despite this graffiti, we're pretty sure Chuck Berry is still alive.

You never know how someone’s creative energies will be channeled in this town, and a shrine – or whatever it is – in Liberty Plaza is pretty good evidence of that.

The Chronicle came across this piece of urban art on Christmas Day. The day after Christmas, it was still there.

It is positioned on a snow-covered ledge on the Liberty Street side of the park, and includes a world globe, a coffee can with some Jesus literature inside, various plastic toy animals, some colorful Mardi Gras beads, playing cards and honestly, who knows what else is buried under that snow. Maybe we’ll find out after Saturday’s Big Melt. From yesterday to today, the number of pot-holder-sized crocheted squares has dwindled from three to one.

On the orthogonal ledge, someone has chalked “Chuck Berry RIP” and “Run Run Rudolf” onto the concrete. According to Dead or Alive, Berry is still with us. This may or may not be part of the same “installation” – we’d like to think it is, though we can’t even hazard a guess as to its meaning.

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Documenting the Urban Landscape

Work by Ann Arbor artist Janice Milhem, exibited at Cafe Verde.

Work by Ann Arbor artist Janice Milhem, on exhibit at Cafe Verde.

When a Chronicle reader saw our article on graffiti art, she shot us an email saying we should check out Janice Milhem’s work, too.

Milhem isn’t a graffiti artist, but she documents urban landscapes – in Detroit, Berlin, New York, Marrakech and Ann Arbor, among other locales – through photographs that reflect both the grit and gravitas of life on the streets.

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You Say Graffiti, We Say Stencil Art

We’ve all seen the ubiquitous stencil art around town – often, but not always, making some pointed political or social commentary.

But you’ll prove you really know the city if you can identify the locale of this work:

Close-up of a large work of stencil art.

Close-up of a large work of stencil art.

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