A crew of three people began at one end of the Grosse Pointes and worked their way to the other end of the five communities hanging reproductions of artwork from the Detroit Institute of Art this week.
The project, called DIA Inside/Out, features 10 reproductions posted at selected locations and intends to expose passersby to various pieces of art as they go about their days in their community.
The Grosse Pointes are one of 10 suburban Detroit communities selected for the 2012 season of the project, which the DIA first began in 2010, said project coordinator Michelle Hauske.
Hauske and two employees from LaVanway Sign Company will spend the next few weeks traveling to all of the communities, which include Bloomfield, Clarkston, Eastpointe, Roseville, Farmington, Farmington Hills, Mt. Clemens, Southfield, Taylro, Wayne and Wyandotte.
Nine of the 10 pieces of art were put on display this week in the Grosse Pointe. There was an unexpected problem at the Grosse Pointe Public Library Woods Branch that prevented the team from installing the artwork this week. Hauske said they should easily be able to find a better location on the Woods library grounds where installation will be easier.
An exact date for that installation has not yet been set but here is a list of the other locations:
- the with Flowers in a Glass Vase by Rachel Ruysch
- the with The Fisherman's Wedding Party by Thomas Moran
- the will feature The Merrymakers by Carolus-Duran
- the near Ghesquiere Park with Colonel John Montressor by John Singleton Copley
- the with Luncheon with Figures in Masquerade Dress by Jean Francois de Troy
- the with Reeds and Cranes by Suzuki Kiitsu
- Kercheval Place with Eleonora of Toledo by Agnolo Bronzino
- the with Portrait of Postman Roulin by Vincent van Gogh
- the with Indian Summer by Jasper Francis Cropsey
- with Cafe Scene in Paris by Henri Gervex
The artwork will remain on display throughout the summer and into the fall before it is taken down. Between then and the next summer, Hauske performs all of the appropriate repairs to the silkscreen reproductions and the frames, which often suffer damage from being exposed to the weather.
While they are built for outside, sometimes the heat and sun have an impact, Hauske said.
The DIA is having a photo contest related to the Inside/Out project and will give residents of the participating communities free admission on certain days.