Latino Public Art
A true manifestation of a museum without walls, Latino public art serves as vital documentation of the presence of Latinos in Michigan. Abundant with street art, Southwest Detroit, home to the largest Latino population in the state, provides an exciting cultural experience for visitors. Large murals, graffiti, statues and mosaics, scattered throughout the neighborhood, are crucial in giving Southwest Detroit its distinct atmosphere. With creation times ranging from the seventies to current day, Southwest Detroit has a long tradition of street art. Nowhere else in Michigan is Latino culture so prominent. There are, however, other areas in the state where Latino artists have made their mark. Along US Route 12, one can find unique cement pieces created by Dionicio Rodriguez and his apprentices Ralph Corona and George Cardoza. Constructed with cement but made to imitate wood, they have created a series of extremely realistic-looking bridges and small buildings. El Museo del Norte’s Public Art page aims to show that Michigan is alive with a rich and versatile Latino heritage.