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Monday, August 10, 2009

Brightening Brightmoor

My sister took me to see the beginnings of a remarkable garden on the Northwest side of Detroit, called "Brightening Brightmoor"-- a project to create a “total environment” as a catalyst for community renewal and revitalization. A trio of local Detroit artists — Mitch Cope and Gina Reichert, and renowned woodwork sculptor Wiley McDowell — are collaborating with an international team consisting of a landscape architect artist, a teacher, stone worker, documentary film maker and local Detroit Community High School students. The project includes the construction of the Journey of Reflection/Spirit Park; a community allotment garden; the “Talking Fence” project; and the renovation of the 85-year-old Lamphere House. More than 30 other Brightmoor community volunteers are helping out, too.

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