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Kobie Solomon to Decorate Detroit With Graffiti

Kobie Solomon spraypainting graffiti

Kobie Solomon spraypainting graffiti

Detroit likes things bigger and better.  Take a look at the cars that we have produced over the past 100 years.  The word small is the furthest thing from our minds.

Kobie Solomon is a graffiti artist that has taken this concept to the next level.  Solomon has undertaken a project that will take the next two months to complete and end up being the largest graffiti/spraycan art mural EVER in the state of Michigan.

Another large icon in Detroit… The Russell Industrial Center has commissioned the installation of this mural to be placed on one of its prominent building walls.

The concept for the mural is one that embodies the entire city of Detroit and will pull on the heart strings of its residents.  The main focus will be a Chimera.

According to Greek mythology the Chimera is composed of the parts of multiple animals,  more generally, it was viewed as an impossible or foolish fantasy. The Chimera is a perfect choice for inspiring all who see it, because dreams that people may see as impossible, can become reality if backed by innovation and determination. The backdrop of the Russell Industrial Center can teach all of Detroit inspirational lessons, as the RIC has managed to avoid death by becoming a montage of artists and small businesses, forming a thriving complex known as the Midwest’s largest Art Mecca.

Solomon has put his own touch (a Detroit influence) on the Chimera definition and has created a beautiful rendition.  To represent Detroit, the creature is composed of elements of each of the 4 major sports teams, aspects of Detroit industry and graphic representation of some of the creative activities going on at the Russell on a daily basis. The mane is made out of Brushes, pencils, files, hobby knives, chisels and pens. His tail ends with a glass blowers torch.  With a backdrop of the city and the Detroit River displayed prominently, This painting will be a testament to the beauty that Detroit has to offer the rest of the world.  This enormous mural will face I-75 right in the heart of the city, providing a view that will amaze hundreds of thousands of people daily.

A graduate of College for Creative Studies, Kobe has an extensive portfolio that includes design of nightclubs, current record holder for largest graffiti mural in Michigan, gallery owner, live performing artist at the first 3 years of Electronic Music Festival, and representative for Detroit Chapter of the Zulu Nation.

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