A second project in a plan to bring more art into downtown Farmington went up last week, on the north side of a building at Farmington Road and State Street.
Crafted by Farmington Hills Artist-in-Residence John Martin, the 36-by-8-foot mural “graphically illustrates Farmington’s unique history and diversity,” according to a statement released by the Downtown Development Authority (DDA).
The DDA’s Public Art Committee, established in early 2018, kicked off the Public Art Program this summer with the David Barr Sculpture Installation in Riley Park. Committee chair AJ Cooke said downtown visitors should expect to see more art in the future.
“The committee is thrilled to display the mural in Downtown Farmington, while we concurrently plan more creative projects for our community to enjoy in the future,” Cooke said.
The committee has a master plan, the Public Art Blueprint, crafted with public input in 2016 and 2017. Mural submissions were juried earlier this year, with proposals focused on “Cultivating Community”.
“Though we received several aesthetically appealing designs through our open call to art, John Martin’s submission was ultimately chosen because of its balanced composition and historical references. We were intrigued by its throwback iconography – some of which is instantly recognizable, while others perhaps require research – all collaged together in one saturated graphic,” Cooke said.
Fabrication and installation were made possible through a grant awarded by Flagstar Bank, in partnership with Main Street Oakland County. The committee plans to host a public event with Martin in early 2019 to discuss his creative intentions, as well as the historical references.