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Detroit for sale? Local artist puts a "price" on landmarks.

August 15, 2013



"Well, people deserve to be confused AND upset. It's done to make people think."

Artist Jerry Vile

You may have seen sale tags hanging from Detroit landmarks Wednesday, including Rodin’s “Thinker” in front of the Detroit Institute of Arts, as well as the Detroit Public Library and even the statue of Hazen S. Pingree. It’s the work of artist Jerry Vile and friends, an expression of dark humor in the spotlight of the city’s bankruptcy filing. NONE of the art at the DIA has been sold to pay off city creditors and Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr says that’s not his plan. WDET’s Pat Batcheller asked Vile and collaborator Rick Manore if they thought the sale tags would confuse or upset people. Click on the audio link above to hear the conversation.

Look at Jerry Vile's fake "Going Out of Business Sale" ad in the Metro Times

Photo Credit | Pat Batcheller