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Urban Poetry – Invited Graffiti at Deluxe Inn

If you missed my last post, the old Deluxe Inn in REO Town/Lansing, Michigan is now owned by a county-run government entity (or maybe two organizations, I’m sketchy on that part). It is scheduled to be torn down any day. Meanwhile, graffiti artists were invited to come in and embellish/ decorate the space. Honestly, it’s safe to wander there now and take photos, it’s like a park. Not long ago, it was a good place to avoid. I love everything about this change of events.

I took well over 100 images of the site, on two separate days. The first day was mid-afternoon on a Tuesday and there were few people there, most with kids.

On Wednesday I was there around 5:30 (this is quite near downtown where many work). Since the parking lot is blocked off, there are only 5 places where a car can sneak a parking spot. I got the last of 5 that day. It was just crawling with folks, most with a friend or a few kids. Solo visitors, in general, carried large and important-looking cameras.

The prettier, more colorful pieces (see cropped tiny images/thumbnails) often are embellished words, usually nicknames of the artists. I have trouble reading those, but that was not my aim in this post. If I try to guess those, I will make a fool of myself. Maybe someone reading this can enlighten me in that area. They are absolutely beautiful works of art. The text eludes me, though the beauty does not.

All of the below (larger) images of the now-graffiti-covered Deluxe Inn contain text which was meant to communicate to the viewer. I left out images containing only advertising or names of organizations/ people/ websites and the like. Some are small phrases, some are statements in the moment, and a few are clearly intended as a sort of urban poetry.

If you are as entranced by this artful moment in time as I am, perhaps you’ll be interested in more photos. I have put up 86 images in a photoset on my Flickr account (colorjoylynnh). It’s a lot of looking, but if you have a fast connection and the time, you might enjoy putting it on “slide show” and letting the photos float past you. Click here for my Graffiti LoveLansing Photoset.

The text I am highlighting below tends to be less decorative, but that makes it easier for my un-practiced eye to understand. (Some appear to be painted by folks in the sign-painting business, the text is so perfectly executed.) Maybe you will enjoy their intent, as I did.

THANKS

Since this was not
done for critical acclaim
nor economic or Social
gain, Writing on this Wall
is the purest form of

Art

(Further down above the next door it says: CAN WE STAY?)

BE THE CHANGE

(NO PARKING)
UNLESS YOU
WANT YR
CAR PAINTED.

thank you Lansing

We Do This All Day!

ART IS FUN!

SALISBURY
STEAK AND
FISH!

GRAVY SATURATED
BACON PIECES
WITH HUMMUS.

thaNK yOU LANSING!

FRANK

Thank you: LAND BANK + ACCELERATE LANSING

i’ve DoNe betteR

ART
HOPE

OBLIGATORY
PARTIES
IN SPECIFIC
GARMENTS OF
CLOTHING

Thanks!

THe
ReSPeCT

I$$UE

I WiLL BE BACK

5 Responses to “Urban Poetry – Invited Graffiti at Deluxe Inn”

  1. Irene Says:

    Well done, Lynn!

    Let that camera do the talking for you, and you’ll be better in no time!

    It IS the best I’ve seen that motel in 25 years at least! Thanks so much for sharing with those of us who just don’t get down there any more.

    So good to see you at the Great Lakes Folk Festival. What super Bulgarian dancing! Good food, too!

    X O Irene

  2. Trish Says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! This is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. Thanks for sharing your photos, Lynn. They are awesome. There is a lot of talent being shared in this space. Too bad it’s only temporary.

  3. Angela Says:

    Thanks for these amazing photos, Lynn. I can’t wait to get over there and see it. :)

  4. Leigh Says:

    Came across the website today and went over to see it this afternoon, and the entire parking lot is blocked off (no access to the building) and the boards are off the windows, so much of the art is missing now. I suspect they’re preparing it for the burn. I’m glad I got to see it before it goes away. Thanks!

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