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Outdoor Murals in Detroit

These eight murals add beauty to buildings, windows and walls around the city. Take a peek at them – and learn the stories behind each one.

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If you stare at this mural long enough you can almost hear birds chirping and the sound of school children laughing—music to our ears. This mural, painted by Lake Orion native Katie Yamasaki in 2011, is located on the south wall of a building on the southeast corner of Second and Brainard streets. Yamasaki says she painted the mural for her friends at Boggs Educational Center to support their movement.

"Outside of their movement, I also believe that it is important for children to grow up seeing themselves positively portrayed in the world that surrounds them. Too often kids, in particularly children of color, only see other kids who look like them portrayed in advertisements that are trying to sell them something or in visual media that minimizes them to a stereotype," says Yamasaki.

"There is a power in a still image because it allows the viewer to let their imagination tell the story of the child and choose which ways, if any, they identify with the image."

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