This week Eastern Market is in stark contrast from last. The buzz from the second annual Murals in the Market festival has worn off and has left some remarkable pieces of art in its wake.

If you had the opportunity to walk around the market last week, then you saw tiny figures working tireless in front of, comparatively vast, facades. 

I had the opportunity to get one of those illusive figures down from their lifts for a quick chat about art, the festival, and of course- Detroit. 

Apexer is an artist out of San Francisco whose career has spanned some 22 years.

His newly completed mural brings a refreshing vibrancy to commuters on Gratiot.

When asked what inspired his mural, he stated that his goal was for the piece to stand out.

Apexer: “I wanted the mural to sit high and bright on the wall. The location can be seen from many different view points”

Apexer in front of his wall off Gratiot

Apexer in front of his wall off Gratiot

His process, heavily influenced by music, is a quick one. Apexer insists music keeps him moving- much like when working out. He wasn’t kidding - I was shocked to see the wall go up in under two days - something that is common for him, he says.

Music also happened to be one of Apexer's favorite aspects of Detroit, citing the ghettotech music being played at TV Lounge as one of the most memorable parts of the trip. He was also struck by the kindness of the people that inhabit the city (aka Detroiters are the bomb). 

Artist Greg Mike working on his wall, accompanied by an audience 

Artist Greg Mike working on his wall, accompanied by an audience 

Finally, I got to ask about the impact this festival could have on Detroit and Detroiters: 

Apexer: Street art is just that, it brings art to the street. It brings art to the masses. I think all people need to have exposure to art. It brings perspective to the world. So Street art can help a city have more conscious citizens.

Felipe Pantone making headway on his expansive mural

Felipe Pantone making headway on his expansive mural

In the spirit of Apexer’s last remarks - Come Check out Eastern Market’s new look thanks to the brilliant work of over 50 artists! 

 

 

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