Above the intersection of Mack Ave. and Mt. Elliott St. on the east side of Detroit, a billboard that’s been sitting empty for decades displays an image of the night sky – a depiction of what the stars would look like over Detroit in the springtime. Allowing those who pass underneath to see the stars more clearly than they are visible in the city, it offers a quiet reminder to notice what is always present but cannot always be seen and provides the opportunity for stargazing in the city.
The hand-painted billboard was made in collaboration with Bird, a sign painter who has been leaving his mark along Detroit’s streets for decades.
The billboard was painted during March 2011 inside WORK • Detroit gallery, where an accompanying exhibition featured project documentation along with Bird’s large scale paintings. Transportation from the gallery to the billboard ran back and forth during the opening reception.