This summer, neighbors in Grandmont Rosedale banded together to create a little beauty in Stoepel Park. They put together a Patronicity campaign this summer and raised over $15K to build a mosaic in the park, receiving an additional $13K in matching funds from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to help them complete the project.
The project installed eight mosaic murals designed by Detroit artist Hubert Massey with input from the community. The first mosaic went up in 2014, leading to the current campaign to create more artwork for the park. In late July, marathon builds by volunteers helped to finish the work, which is attached to the sides of buildings in the park at Outer Drive and Westwood.
According to the neighborhood association, My Grandmont Rosedale, the mosaics take up over 1,400 square feet of wall space. Volunteers used over 5000 pounds of tile, 2,500 pounds of mortar, and 1,875 pounds of grout to complete the public art project. More than 600 Detroiters volunteered time to the effort. The park murals are the largest installation of work by Hubert Massey, a Spirit of Detroit Award winner whose works also adorn the Ithe campus of Grand Valley State University and Detroit's Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.