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Posted on Thu, Aug 26, 2010 : 8:28 p.m.

Detroit graffiti artist "Shades" unveils mural at Grizzly Peak

By Melanie Maxwell

Thursday saw the unveiling of Ann Arbor's newest public artwork, a mural on the back wall of the Grizzly Peak Brewing Co. on West Washington Street.


Spectators inspect the mural following its unveiling. | Melanie Maxwell -

See more photos from the unveiling here Northern United Brewing Company — which produces and bottles beer in collaboration with Grizzly Peak Brewing Company and Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales in Ann Arbor and North Peak Brewing Company in Traverse City — commissioned the mural, done by graffiti artist Antonio “Shades” Agee.

Although parts of the work were visible during its creation, the unveiling of the full work — on a 200-foot-wide brick wall — took place in a special event Thursday, called Reveal, as a benefit for the Ann Arbor Art Center.



Mon, Aug 30, 2010 : 9:52 a.m.

Well, okay, it's ugly. There, I said it. It is ugly and I'm glad I don't go downtown that often. It brings to mind horror, racism (as a concept), destruction, and a fear of drowning. Plus the Santa Maria, reminds me of the subjugation of Native Americans. I can't think of anything else but Hurricane Katrina when I look at it.


Sat, Aug 28, 2010 : 12:14 p.m.

Who said this mural was about Hurricane Katrina? It's art, dude just enjoy it :) Just because there's water involved doesn't mean it's about a hurricane.


Sat, Aug 28, 2010 : 6:30 a.m.

So this mural is about Hurricane Katrina?


Fri, Aug 27, 2010 : 3:25 p.m.

No problem. I guess art can be kind of confusing. You could head down to the Detroit Museum of Art and complain that their art has nothing to do with Detroit.


Fri, Aug 27, 2010 : 2:15 p.m.

Okay, Lokalisierun (localorganizing) I stand corrected. Happy Hurricane Katrina anniversary then!


Fri, Aug 27, 2010 : 11:12 a.m.

Artwork doesn't have to have anything "to do" with Ann Arbor.


Fri, Aug 27, 2010 : 7:59 a.m.

Maybe I'm slow, but what does the imagery have to do with Ann Arbor? Please don't misunderstand me, I love public artwork, but in this case I'm sort at a loss for what it means... a person screaming, water, waves, and a skull and crossbones? Is this an anniversary work commemorating Hurricane Katrina? If so, that is fine, just that this is Michigan. Help.


Fri, Aug 27, 2010 : 3:04 a.m.

I love public artwork I will have to go check it out. Cool Man!