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New mural designed by Charles McGee will rise at 28 Grand

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Charles McGee
Portrait by Ray Manning

A couple months ago, we talked about 28 Grand as it finishes construction in Capitol Park. A few observant commenters noted the large blank space on the side of the building, and considering Dan Gilbert’s track record, it might be a perfect place for a mural.

28 Grand, March 2017
Michelle & Chris Gerard

You’ll see that mural take shape over the next few weeks.

92-year-old Detroit artist Charles McGee has designed a 118’ 6’’x 50’ 9’’ mural titled “Unity” on the side of the 13-story 28 Grand. McGee states that his ambition for the mural is to reach new audiences, and that he has further plans for public installations in the future.

The mural will be painted by Golden Sign Co., whose work includes the mural at the Carhartt flagship store.

The Library Street Collective at 1505 Woodward will show a retrospective exhibit of McGee’s work titled Charles McGee: Still Searching from June 1-July 1.

The Opening Reception for the exhibit and the mural unveiling event a block away will be June 1 from 6-8 p.m.

McGee has lived in Detroit since he was 10 and his works are on permanent display at the Detroit Institute of the Arts and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. His work has also been shown at the Brooklyn Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and in touring exhibitions under the umbrellas of the Smithsonian and Corcoran Gallery of Art of Washington D.C.