(Detroit, MI) I moved away from Detroit almost two decades ago, and although I still consider the city to be my hometown, it is only as an outsider that I have started to appreciate the wealth of art and culture that Detroit offers. Pictured is the Spirit of Detroit
, a sculpture built in 1955 that stands in front of what we used to call the City-County Building (now the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center).
In the right hand of the figure is a bronze representation of a family, and in the left hand is a bronze sphere and rays that represent God. Nothing in this sculpture seems to represent tape drives
, and the restoration project last year wisely avoided updating the Spirit of Detroit to accommodate the information revolution.
The inscription behind on the wall behind it is from 2 Corinthians (3:17): "Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty."
I probably walked past the statue a hundred times when I lived in Detroit, never giving it more than a passing glance. However, as an out-of-towner, I found myself transfixed by the 26-foot high sculpture.