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Detroit's Public Art Scene is Thriving And We Have The Map!

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In the Motor City we drive by it all the time. But do you know the names and stories behind the monuments? Here now, the Curbed Map to Detroit Public Art presents names, locations, and hopefully a few things you did not know. We'd like to note that not all public art is created equal; Belle Isle's Scott Fountain is getting the "Controversy Award" in this round (Sorry, Fist of Detroit). Did you know that it was built with funds left to the city of Detroit by millionaire James Scott in 1910? The egomaniac made the stipulation to the city that if it wanted his money for the waterworks, it had to erect a life-size statue of him. Citizens were outraged: Scott was a playboy who played elaborate practical jokes, feuded with his neighbors, told dirty jokes, drank, gambled, and probably consorted with "loose" women. In the end, architect Cass Gilbert designed it and it was completed in 1925.

Fountain photo by Maia C on Flickr. In his first, and perhaps most tedious assignment, Intern Daniel contributed to this post.

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1. Spirit of Detroit

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2 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

2. Fist of a Champion

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Woodward & Jefferson
Detroit, MI 48226

3. The Heidelberg Project

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3600 Heidelberg St
Detroit, MI 48207

4. The Dodge Fountain

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Hart Plaza, 2-48 State Highway 10
Detroit, MI 48226

5. Greening of Detroit Pavillion

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Greening of Detroit Park
Detroit, MI 48207

6. Illuminated Mural

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E Grand Blvd & Beaubien St
Detroit, MI 48202

7. Scott Fountain on Belle Isle

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Belle Isle
Detroit, MI

8. Bagley Pedestrian Bridge

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Bagley St & 21st St
Detroit, MI 48216

9. The Russell Alger Memorial Fountain

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Grand Circus Park, Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

10. Monumental Kitty

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Cochrane St & I- 75 Srv Rd
Detroit, MI 48216

11. Imagination Station

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2236 14th St
Detroit, MI 48216

12. Michigan Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument

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Campus Martius Park, 800 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

13. Gracehoper

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5200 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48202

14. Hamtramck Disneyland

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12087 Klinger St
Hamtramck, MI 48212

15. The Power House

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Moran St & Lawley Ave
Detroit, MI 48212

1. Spirit of Detroit

2 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

2 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

2. Fist of a Champion

Woodward & Jefferson, Detroit, MI 48226

Woodward & Jefferson
Detroit, MI 48226

3. The Heidelberg Project

3600 Heidelberg St, Detroit, MI 48207

3600 Heidelberg St
Detroit, MI 48207

4. The Dodge Fountain

Hart Plaza, 2-48 State Highway 10, Detroit, MI 48226

Hart Plaza, 2-48 State Highway 10
Detroit, MI 48226

5. Greening of Detroit Pavillion

Greening of Detroit Park, Detroit, MI 48207

Greening of Detroit Park
Detroit, MI 48207

6. Illuminated Mural

E Grand Blvd & Beaubien St, Detroit, MI 48202

E Grand Blvd & Beaubien St
Detroit, MI 48202

7. Scott Fountain on Belle Isle

Belle Isle, Detroit, MI

Belle Isle
Detroit, MI

8. Bagley Pedestrian Bridge

Bagley St & 21st St, Detroit, MI 48216

Bagley St & 21st St
Detroit, MI 48216

9. The Russell Alger Memorial Fountain

Grand Circus Park, Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Grand Circus Park, Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

10. Monumental Kitty

Cochrane St & I- 75 Srv Rd, Detroit, MI 48216

Cochrane St & I- 75 Srv Rd
Detroit, MI 48216

11. Imagination Station

2236 14th St, Detroit, MI 48216

2236 14th St
Detroit, MI 48216

12. Michigan Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument

Campus Martius Park, 800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Campus Martius Park, 800 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

13. Gracehoper

5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202

5200 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48202

14. Hamtramck Disneyland

12087 Klinger St, Hamtramck, MI 48212

12087 Klinger St
Hamtramck, MI 48212

15. The Power House

Moran St & Lawley Ave, Detroit, MI 48212

Moran St & Lawley Ave
Detroit, MI 48212