Tourism Cares For Detroit: Graffiti For A Cause

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Tourism Cares For Detroit: Graffiti For A Cause (via Wading in Big Shoes) - Graffiti mural in Lincoln Art Park by Fel3000ft and a team of travel & tourism volunteers. Click through to learn more about the mural and revitalization efforts in Detroit!
Look, Ma--I’m painting on city structures and no one's stopping me!

Don’t worry--it’s all for a good cause! Last week, I had the honor of joining hundreds of travel and tourism professionals for Tourism Cares for Detroit. This revitalization effort, organized by Tourism Cares, featured Detroit as one of four cities in 2017 to receive some special TLC. From urban farming and gardening to youth enrichment and artistic projects, seven teams came together to help clean, beautify, and contribute to the overall well-being of Detroit.

Tourism Cares For Detroit: Graffiti For A Cause (via Wading in Big Shoes) - Graffiti mural in Lincoln Art Park by Fel3000ft and a team of travel & tourism volunteers. Click through to learn more about the mural and revitalization efforts in Detroit!
Our group was given the task of working with renowned urban artist, Fel3000ft, to complete a graffiti mural in Detroit’s Lincoln Street Art Park. With over three decades of experience in graffiti writing, Fel welcomed us with a tour of the park (we’d be working under a train overpass) and some tidbits on the park’s history (the park provides a creative outlet for inner-city kids to legally express their art). Also notable was our walk up “Fisher Canyon,” a former produce loading dock that runs parallel to the train tracks and looks straight toward Detroit’s famous Fisher Building.

Urban graffiti artist, Fel3000ft // Tourism Cares For Detroit: Graffiti For A Cause (via Wading in Big Shoes) - Graffiti mural in Lincoln Art Park by Fel3000ft and a team of travel & tourism volunteers. Click through to learn more about the mural and revitalization efforts in Detroit!
Above: Urban Graffiti Artist, Fel3000ft

Fisher Canyon at Detroit's Lincoln Street Art Park // Tourism Cares For Detroit: Graffiti For A Cause (via Wading in Big Shoes) - Graffiti mural in Lincoln Art Park by Fel3000ft and a team of travel & tourism volunteers. Click through to learn more about the mural and revitalization efforts in Detroit!
Above: "Fisher Canyon"

Fisher Canyon at Detroit's Lincoln Street Art Park // Tourism Cares For Detroit: Graffiti For A Cause (via Wading in Big Shoes) - Graffiti mural in Lincoln Art Park by Fel3000ft and a team of travel & tourism volunteers. Click through to learn more about the mural and revitalization efforts in Detroit!
Above: Train tracks run along "Fisher Canyon" (the Fisher Building can be seen at a distance)

Fisher Canyon at Detroit's Lincoln Street Art Park // Tourism Cares For Detroit: Graffiti For A Cause (via Wading in Big Shoes) - Graffiti mural in Lincoln Art Park by Fel3000ft and a team of travel & tourism volunteers. Click through to learn more about the mural and revitalization efforts in Detroit!
Above: Graffiti art along Fisher Canyon

The mural we’d be working on that day was a tribute to two of Fel’s friends (and legends in the urban art community) both of whom had passed away a week earlier. Already in progress, the mural featured a young boy camping in the woods, caught in the middle of reality and his dreams. Everything that took on a “pixelated” look was either a figment of the boy’s imagination or presented itself to be scarier to the boy than might be perceived by outside observers.

Tribute graffiti mural by urban artist Fel3000ft & Tourism Cares volunteers // Tourism Cares For Detroit: Graffiti For A Cause (via Wading in Big Shoes) - Graffiti mural in Lincoln Art Park by Fel3000ft and a team of travel & tourism volunteers. Click through to learn more about the mural and revitalization efforts in Detroit!
Above: Close-up view of the mural in progress (artwork and painting by Fel3000ft)

After a quick painting tutorial, Fel turned us loose to fill the wall’s unfinished portions with cubism-inspired blocks of color. While we had our share of drips and oversprays, the project came along quite nicely and turned into something I’m excited to say I was a part of.

Tourism Cares For Detroit: Graffiti For A Cause (via Wading in Big Shoes) - Graffiti mural in Lincoln Art Park by Fel3000ft and a team of travel & tourism volunteers. Click through to learn more about the mural and revitalization efforts in Detroit!
Above: Our very professional warm-up "writing"

Tourism Cares For Detroit: Graffiti For A Cause (via Wading in Big Shoes) - Graffiti mural in Lincoln Art Park by Fel3000ft and a team of travel & tourism volunteers. Click through to learn more about the mural and revitalization efforts in Detroit!
Above: The team works to finish the mural. Cardboard works wonders as a straight edge!

Tourism Cares For Detroit: Graffiti For A Cause (via Wading in Big Shoes) - Graffiti mural in Lincoln Art Park by Fel3000ft and a team of travel & tourism volunteers. Click through to learn more about the mural and revitalization efforts in Detroit!
Tourism Cares For Detroit: Graffiti For A Cause (via Wading in Big Shoes) - Graffiti mural in Lincoln Art Park by Fel3000ft and a team of travel & tourism volunteers. Click through to learn more about the mural and revitalization efforts in Detroit!
Tourism Cares For Detroit: Graffiti For A Cause (via Wading in Big Shoes) - Graffiti mural in Lincoln Art Park by Fel3000ft and a team of travel & tourism volunteers. Click through to learn more about the mural and revitalization efforts in Detroit!
Tourism Cares For Detroit: Graffiti For A Cause (via Wading in Big Shoes) - Graffiti mural in Lincoln Art Park by Fel3000ft and a team of travel & tourism volunteers. Click through to learn more about the mural and revitalization efforts in Detroit!
Above: After we got the colors into place, Fel worked his magic to add these crazy 3-D effects! I added a couple of my own (peach and yellow shapes on the bottom right of the large bear), but it definitely was not as easy as it looked! Mad props to Fel and his artistic eye.

Tourism Cares For Detroit: Graffiti For A Cause (via Wading in Big Shoes) - Graffiti mural in Lincoln Art Park by Fel3000ft and a team of travel & tourism volunteers. Click through to learn more about the mural and revitalization efforts in Detroit!
Above: The Finished Mural

If you're ever in the area, make sure you check out the Lincoln Street Art Park and look for the finished Tourism Cares masterpiece! Thanks again to all the volunteers, event organizers, and Fel for an awesome experience . . . and thanks to everyone else who had a part in the 2017 Tourism Cares For Detroit event!

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To learn more about the organization and all that was accomplished during this year's event, click here or watch the video below.


What revitalization efforts are you excited to see take place in Detroit? Comment below!



Tourism Cares For Detroit: Graffiti For A Cause (Wading in Big Shoes) // See how a world-renowned urban graffiti artist and hundreds of travel & tourism volunteers came together to create a tribute to two Detroit urban art legends

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