Detroit's Murals in the Market ranked one of the best mural festivals in the world


A mural by Case McClaim in Detroit's Eastern Market. - COURTESY OF MURALS IN THE MARKET
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  • A mural by Case McClaim in Detroit's Eastern Market.

The sprawling sheds and warehouses of Detroit's Eastern Market district have been the main features of the nation's largest historic public market for decades. In recent years, however, visitors to the weekly markets have seen the neighborhood undergo a beautiful evolution as the Murals in the Market festival has stepped in to provide some much-needed eye candy to the neighborhood.

Since 2015, Murals in the Market has been bringing together local and international artists to create diverse works of art on the walls of Eastern Market. Now, Murals in the Market is already getting attention from the likes of Smithsonian magazine as one of the world's best mural festivals,  ranked side-by-side with mural festivals like Bristol's Upfest and Australia's Wonderwalls.

Lunch Money's mural find the beauty in strangeness. - COURTESY OF MURALS IN THE MARKET
  • Courtesy of Murals in the Market
  • Lunch Money's mural find the beauty in strangeness.

This year, the festival has commissioned dozens of artists, including Dutch muralist Leon Keer, Buenos Aires-based artist Ever, and local visual artists like Sheefy and Ellen Rutt. Murals in the Market is also expanding to 10 days, and will include a Family Reunion Block Party featuring DJ Jazzy Jeff and Lonely C and Bamboozle of globally renowned DJ duo, Soul Clap.

Murals in the Market takes place from Thursday, Sept. 13 to Saturday, Sept. 22. in Eastern Market, Detroit;; free.

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