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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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How do Detroiters show their pride? Why a community mural, of course! This mural, by artist Icon, was made the day Detroit declared bankruptcy, according to the Huffington Post. It is located at the Dequindre Cut Greenway, a non-motorized trail that starts at the Detroit River and extends to Gratiot Avenue. The swirls of reds, blues, greens and yellows in each letter is made up of a collection of spray painted names of Detroiters.

On Icon's online portfolio, you'll see the words "Speramus meliora; resurget cineribus," which stands for "We hope for better things; it shall rise from the ashes." This is considered Detroit's motto, and Father Gabriel Richard, a French Roman Catholic priest, first used the phrase when a fire leveled the city in 1805.

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