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There's A New Mural In Downtown Ypsilanti

Jun 22, 2016

Credit Amanda LeClaire

Ypsilanti's City Hall building has a new addition. It's an 11' by 22' mural designed by local artist Jermaine Dickerson.



City officials unveiled the mural Wednesday morning. Dickerson, an Eastern Michigan University alumnus, says he wanted to honor the history and diversity of Ypsilanti with his work. “I wanted to create a setting that was whimsical, that was representative of the historical and modern context of Ypsi," he says.

From the city's press release.

The mural features Ypsilanti landscapes, icons, and architecture in a dreamy, surreal layout. Whether one is driving down Huron Street, or walking into Downtown, this largescaled mural is filled with tiny reminders of the uniqueness of Ypsilanti. One may spot the figurine from the Ypsilanti Underwear Factory, a bee to represent Ypsilanti as an official Bee City USA, or a rubber duck to represent the annual Kiwanis Duck Race at Heritage Festival. 

Credit Jermaine Dickerson

Dickerson said he spent more than 80 hours on the design and installation of the work. The mural can be viewed on the south side of Ypsilanti City Hall at 1 South Huron Street.

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— Amanda LeClaire is a reporter and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News.  Contact her at 734.487.3363 or email her aleclair@emich.edu