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MDOT public forum Sept. 21 to introduce concept for Cass Avenue art project in Detroit

Detroit, Mich. ­- The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is hosting the second of two community forums for Cliff Garten, the artist selected to create public art for the Cass Avenue overpass above I-94 in Detroit. During the forum, Garten will present a design proposal that responds to the input and inspiration the community provided at the first forum, which took place on Aug. 16. The public is invited to offer feedback on his design proposal.

MDOT staff

Project consultants

Interested residents

Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023

5 - 7 p.m.


5800 Cass Ave.

Detroit, MI 48202

Attendees who require mobility, visual, hearing, written or other assistance for effective participation should contact Orlando Curry at 517-241-7462 or, preferably at least five business days prior to the scheduled meeting. Forms are located on the Title VI webpage. Requests made after this timeframe will be evaluated and honored to the extent possible.

Project information:
The Cass Avenue public art project was developed after extensive public engagement on the I-94 modernization project. A total of 146 artists applied and were considered by the Public Art Committee, composed of local arts professionals and agency representatives advising MDOT. They unanimously recommended Garten for the project, recognizing his tested experience in the field of public art producing work that is sustainable, which is critical for transportation infrastructure projects. Garten is the founder of Cliff Garten Studio in Venice, California, and has produced integrated art for numerous bridge projects. In 2018, he led a design team that created the award-winning American Civil Rights Memorial I AM A MAN Plaza in Memphis, Tennessee, that pays tribute to the 1968 Sanitation Workers Strike and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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