The alley is decorated with the work of world-renowned street artists and will serve as the home to restaurants and pop-up shops.
Anthony Curis of Library Street Collective said they are commissioning about two dozen murals from local, national and international artists, including a rotating art exhibit called “Public Matter” displayed in five large steel frames mounted throughout the alley.
She is larger than life, alluring, and hauntingly beautiful. A Japanese Geisha, standing about 16 feet tall and cloaked in a collage of colors and graffiti, stares endlessly at passersby in the alley now known as ‘The Belt’ – which cuts through The Z. The stunning mural, sure to make people stop and return the gaze, is just one of the many breathtaking works created for Detroit’s newest public art experience (between Grand River and Gratiot Avenues in what was once the city’s garment district). Bedrock Real Estate Services and the fine art gallery Library Street Collective worked together to bring The Belt to life with the help of more than a dozen of the best artists in the world.
“This is what major cities have,” said Dan Mullen, Bedrock’s Vice President of Leasing and Development. “They have these unique destinations that are slightly mysterious. You go down an alley and there’s art from national and international artists. I think people will be blown away when they see this.”