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The 13 People Mover stations are loaded with impressive art

Take a tour of these works for just 75 cents

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While it may not be the most effective form of transportation ever built, a ride around the 13-stop Detroit People Mover is actually a great art tour.

Construction of the 2.9-mile loop around downtown began in 1983, but the push to make the stations more beautiful came in 1984, when art-in-public-place-advocate Irene Walt met the People Mover project director David McDonald. A commission was formed and when the single-track rail system was completed in July of 1987, there was art everywhere.

There's even a thorough book on the topic, Art in the Stations: The Detroit People Mover.

Here’s a closer look at the art in all 13 stations.

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1. Times Square Station

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Grand River Ave & Times Sq
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 224-2160
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The “first” stop on the official People Mover map. Named after the former Detroit Times Building, it was the also first completed station when the People Mover was built and contains the system’s headquarters.

There are two works at this station, both made of Pewabic tiles.

2. Grand Circus Park Station

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Park Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
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This stop has a bronze sculpture by J. Seward Johnson Jr. of a man reading a newspaper. Due to winning a coin toss, that paper is the Detroit News, though a copy of the Detroit Free Press sits atop his briefcase.

3. Broadway Station

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Broadway St & John R St
Detroit, MI 48226
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The “YMCA stop” has two impressive tile murals. One by Japanese artist Jun Kaneko was inspired by his study of the forms of the "dango," which means dumpling. The other, titled The Blue Nile, is by renowned local artist Charles McGee and features multi-colored stripes.

4. Cadillac Center Station

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Gratiot Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 224-2160
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This station features a striking series of Pewabic-tile arches by Diana Kulisek Pancioli that’s named, appropriately, In Honour of Mary Chase Stratton—the founder of Pewabic Pottery.

But don’t miss the bronze tablet by Italian sculptor Carlo Romanelli, which depicts the arrival of Madame de la Mothe Cadillac in Detroit in 1701.

5. Greektown Station

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555 E Lafayette Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226
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The only work of DPM art located outside of a station is this neon sculpture by Stephen Antonakos. It is best seen at night.

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6. Bricktown Station

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Beaubien St & E Fort St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 224-2160
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Architectural sculptor Glen Michaels chose fired porcelain for this mural called Beaubien Passage. It depicts a city in motion with linear designs reminiscent of railroad tracks.

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7. Renaissance Center Station

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200 Renaissance Ctr
Detroit, MI 48226
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Funded by General Motors, which owns the Renaissance Center, the tile work in this design by George Woodman has over 2,625 pieces. There’s also a sculpture by Michigan artist Marshall Fredericks called Siberian Room.

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8. Millender Center Station

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555 Brush St
Detroit, MI 48226
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Renowned Detroit abstract artist Alvin Long Jr. created this mural, Detroit New Morning, out of Pewabic tiles.

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9. Financial District Station

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W Larned St
Detroit, MI 48226
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This Joyce Kozloff mural has a bull and a bear symbolizing the Detroit Stock Exchange. The Art Deco building that inspired the mural was demolished in 1983, right when the People Mover was being constructed.

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10. Joe Louis Arena Station

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West Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
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Gerome Kamrowski created a two-part mosaic to greet Hockey fans and concert goers at Joe Louis. Called Voyage, it’s an interpretation of a 17th century astrological map.

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11. TCF Center Station

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1 Washington Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 224-2160
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A mural featuring famous antique cars, including a 1949 Chrysler, 1936 Cord, 1955 Thunderbird, 1931 Model A Ford, 1931 Chrysler, 1957 Chevrolet, and 1948 Buick.

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12. Fort / Cass Station

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W Fort St & Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 224-2160
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Created by Farley Tobin, this geometric tile pattern reminiscent of Islamic design was included in a 1988 American Craft Museum exhibit. There’s also a bronze sculpture by Sandra Osip that was added in 1993.

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13. Michigan Avenue Station

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Michigan Ave & Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 224-2160
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This station has 14 bronze silhouettes by Kirk Newman meant to depict fast-moving, frenetic commuters.

Photo by Michelle Gerard

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1. Times Square Station

Grand River Ave & Times Sq, Detroit, MI 48226

The “first” stop on the official People Mover map. Named after the former Detroit Times Building, it was the also first completed station when the People Mover was built and contains the system’s headquarters.

There are two works at this station, both made of Pewabic tiles.

Grand River Ave & Times Sq
Detroit, MI 48226

2. Grand Circus Park Station

Park Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

This stop has a bronze sculpture by J. Seward Johnson Jr. of a man reading a newspaper. Due to winning a coin toss, that paper is the Detroit News, though a copy of the Detroit Free Press sits atop his briefcase.

Park Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

3. Broadway Station

Broadway St & John R St, Detroit, MI 48226

The “YMCA stop” has two impressive tile murals. One by Japanese artist Jun Kaneko was inspired by his study of the forms of the "dango," which means dumpling. The other, titled The Blue Nile, is by renowned local artist Charles McGee and features multi-colored stripes.

Broadway St & John R St
Detroit, MI 48226

4. Cadillac Center Station

Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

This station features a striking series of Pewabic-tile arches by Diana Kulisek Pancioli that’s named, appropriately, In Honour of Mary Chase Stratton—the founder of Pewabic Pottery.

But don’t miss the bronze tablet by Italian sculptor Carlo Romanelli, which depicts the arrival of Madame de la Mothe Cadillac in Detroit in 1701.

Gratiot Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

5. Greektown Station

555 E Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226
Photo by Michelle Gerard

The only work of DPM art located outside of a station is this neon sculpture by Stephen Antonakos. It is best seen at night.

555 E Lafayette Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226

6. Bricktown Station

Beaubien St & E Fort St, Detroit, MI 48226
Photo by Michelle Gerard

Architectural sculptor Glen Michaels chose fired porcelain for this mural called Beaubien Passage. It depicts a city in motion with linear designs reminiscent of railroad tracks.

Beaubien St & E Fort St
Detroit, MI 48226

7. Renaissance Center Station

200 Renaissance Ctr, Detroit, MI 48226
Photo by Michelle Gerard

Funded by General Motors, which owns the Renaissance Center, the tile work in this design by George Woodman has over 2,625 pieces. There’s also a sculpture by Michigan artist Marshall Fredericks called Siberian Room.

200 Renaissance Ctr
Detroit, MI 48226

8. Millender Center Station

555 Brush St, Detroit, MI 48226
Photo by Michelle Gerard

Renowned Detroit abstract artist Alvin Long Jr. created this mural, Detroit New Morning, out of Pewabic tiles.

555 Brush St
Detroit, MI 48226

9. Financial District Station

W Larned St, Detroit, MI 48226
Photo by Michelle Gerard

This Joyce Kozloff mural has a bull and a bear symbolizing the Detroit Stock Exchange. The Art Deco building that inspired the mural was demolished in 1983, right when the People Mover was being constructed.

W Larned St
Detroit, MI 48226

10. Joe Louis Arena Station

West Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
Photo by Michelle Gerard

Gerome Kamrowski created a two-part mosaic to greet Hockey fans and concert goers at Joe Louis. Called Voyage, it’s an interpretation of a 17th century astrological map.

West Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

11. TCF Center Station

1 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226
Photo by Michelle Gerard

A mural featuring famous antique cars, including a 1949 Chrysler, 1936 Cord, 1955 Thunderbird, 1931 Model A Ford, 1931 Chrysler, 1957 Chevrolet, and 1948 Buick.

1 Washington Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226

12. Fort / Cass Station

W Fort St & Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
Photo by Michelle Gerard

Created by Farley Tobin, this geometric tile pattern reminiscent of Islamic design was included in a 1988 American Craft Museum exhibit. There’s also a bronze sculpture by Sandra Osip that was added in 1993.

W Fort St & Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

13. Michigan Avenue Station

Michigan Ave & Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
Photo by Michelle Gerard

This station has 14 bronze silhouettes by Kirk Newman meant to depict fast-moving, frenetic commuters.

Michigan Ave & Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48226