Finished in mid-summer 2019, the 100-foot-tall colorful mural of Stevie Wonder can’t be missed as you walk north on Brush toward Detroit’s Music Hall.
The mural stands out on the south wall of the Music Hall, rising out of the back of a downtown Detroit parking lot.
Created by London-based artist Richard Wilson, the 8,000-square-foot mural is something Wilson felt so committed to, he painted the mural on his own money. Estimated cost: around $10,000.
According to a May 2019 Detroit Free Press story, Wilson started the mural project on Wonder’s 69th birthday.
What a lasting tribute to a great artist!
I’ve watched this area change dramatically over the past eight years. Harmonie Park, just west of the mural and Colors restaurant are two of my favorite places in this section of downtown Detroit.
I used to pick up corned beef sandwiches at Steve’s Deli on Grand River, a block away from the mural.
Sadly, Steve’s closed down a couple years ago, and other retail has moved into the area.
For me, I smile as I walk by the Hilton Garden Inn parking lot and look up at Wonder’s grinning face in the mural.