Nation’s largest 3-D mural lands in Detroit to call attention to hunger issues within African American communities – Press and Guide
A new mural in Detroit to be unveiled in the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice on Saturday, one of the largest murals of its kind in the United States, is set to raise awareness of hunger issues, particularly those of African Americans during the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic involved.
The 3-D mural on the 19-story wall of the building is the work of internationally renowned artist Carlos Alberto GH with support from the World Food Program USA, Street Art for Mankind and the Kellogg Co., as well as local support from Wayne County, the City of Detroit, and the Detroit Marriott.
“Hunger and food insecurity have only increased during this pandemic, especially in the African American community,” said Alisha Bell, chairman of the Wayne County Commission. “While we as a county and as individual commissioners work with local businesses to distribute food to those in need, the problem existed before the pandemic, and this great work of art is a reminder to us all that more needs to be done to fight hunger.”
Rochelle Riley, the city’s director of arts and culture, recalled that Detroit is a mecca for the arts of social justice.
“We have one of the largest creative arts communities in the country,” she said. “But we also draw the best here when art is needed to give a voice to those who need it.”
Chairwoman Bell will host a press event at the inauguration of the mural on Saturday at 3 p.m. at 461 Gratiot (corner of Gratiot and Beaubien) in Detroit.
The mural is one of six commissioned in the United States in support of the United Nations World Food Program, which has set Zero Hunger as a sustainable development goal. Additional murals were created in New Orleans, Houston, and Oakland, California. Additional murals are being created in Washington DC and Battle Creek, Michigan, the headquarters of Kellogg’s.
The United Nations World Food Program received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2020 for its efforts to end hunger worldwide. World Food Program USA is a member of the World Food Program.
Street Art for Mankind is a 501 (C) (3) non-profit that uses the work of 80 artists from around the world to promote social change, especially on topics that affect children. A free mobile app called “Behind the Wall®” was developed by Street Art for Mankind to enable individuals to see the mural, learn the story behind its creation, the artist, and get and learn statistics about hunger how to take action.
For more information about the mural and the event on Saturday, call 313-600-2821 or https://streetartmankind.org/artists/carlos-alberto/.
Source: Wayne County Commission