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Artists flocking to Detroit to renovate abandoned structures

on Tuesday,January 04,2011 20:01

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Abandoned buildings have been an eye sore for residents in Detroit, Michigan, for years. Now, artists are doing their part to save on demolition costs and turn weathered structures into valuable public works.

Recently, half a dozen artists from out-of-state decided to try their hand at improving the aesthetics of four abandoned houses, according to the Associated Press. The individuals received $180,000 from Juxtapoz, an art magazine from San Francisco, California. In the February issue of the publication, the artists' improvements to the buildings will be featured and commended.

"Detroit was great from a creative and personal perspective," artist Richard Colman told the Detroit Free Press. "We were simply trying to breathe new life into an otherwise unused and decaying structure."

Juxtapoz magazine intends to continuing funding more artists to travel to Detroit and other depleted cities across the country to enhance urban beauty.

Employment of artists is projected to increase by 12 percent over the next seven years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Donations may encourage more individuals to pursue art projects and careers in the industry.
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