The 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Adventures

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Art from Industry

Diego Rivera was commissioned by Edsel Ford to paint a mural at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Rivera spent many weeks touring the River Rouge Plant, then he spent months painting frescos on the four walls of this massive atrium.

Sunlight streamed in as Rivera worked. Over the months he painted, Rivera lost over 100 pounds. He put himself into these frescos, and they are magnificent.

The four walls contain more than a depiction of industry. There are layers of philosophy, religion, and politics.

If you have never seen this atrium at the DIA, put it on your list. It is not to be missed.

Location:Detroit, MI

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