Guardians of Detroit
July 18, 2019, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Plymouth District Library
Adult, Arts & Culture, Educational, Free, Library
Due to a fortunate confluence of natural resources, geography, and entrepreneurial vision, Detroit at the end of the 19th century was poised to experience unprecedented growth. Even before the Ford Motor Company was established in 1903, Detroit was a major industrial center and transportation hub. All this commercial activity and prosperity led to a building boom of incredible proportions at a time when the most popular architectural styles were Beaux Arts, Gothic Revival, Victorian, Classical Revival, and Art Deco. Each of these styles typically required extensive ornamentation and because of this, Detroit became a treasure trove of architectural sculpture.
The Guardians of Detroit: Architectural Sculpture in the Motor City presentation features more than 100 spectacular close-up pictures of architectural sculpture from throughout the city of Detroit. You will also learn about the symbolism behind the ornamentation and hear some of the untold stories of the artists, artisans, and architects involved in its creation, all drawn from the book. The program lasts about 75-90 minutes, which includes a question and answer session. The Guardians of Detroit book and coloring book will be available for purchase before and after the presentation.
Guardians of Detroit author Jeff Morrison is an historian and photographer who has been taking pictures since his parents gave him his first camera at age nine. He has a bachelor’s degree in history and art from Eastern Michigan University and over thirty years’ experience as a graphic artist. Jeff lives in Oxford, Michigan, with his lovely wife, Susie, and their wonder dog, Manfred.
Registration Requested. Please register for this event at plymouthlibrary.org or by calling 734.453.0750 press 4.