Detroit's Stevie Wonder mural is finally finished

click to enlarge Music Hall's Stevie Wonder mural, photographed on Monday. - STEVE NEAVLING
Steve Neavling
Music Hall's Stevie Wonder mural, photographed on Monday.

A massive new mural commemorating Motown great Stevie Wonder has just wrapped up.

London-based artist Richard Wilson tells Metro Times that he put the finishing touches on the mural on Wednesday morning. The 100-foot-tall, 8,000-square-foot painting is located on the south wall of Detroit's Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts.

Wilson started the project on Wonder's 69th birthday in May. The project was supposed to only take a few weeks but was delayed by the heavy rains this spring and summer.

This year is also the 60th anniversary of Motown records.

The mural is being finished just as Wonder is in the news for other reasons. On Saturday, Wonder revealed to a concert audience in London that he was planning on having a kidney transplant in September. The singer will likely not perform again until 2020, pending his recovery.

Wilson started a second mural on Music Hall’s west wall a few weeks ago, depicting a boy standing in the interior of the Music Hall. The project, commissioned by the London-based nonprofit Education Is Not a Crime, aims to raise awareness of the need for arts education in Black communities.
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Lee DeVito

Leyland "Lee" DeVito grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, where he read Metro Times religiously due to teenaged-induced boredom. He became a contributing writer for Metro Times in 2009, and Editor in Chief in 2016. In addition to writing, he also supplies occasional illustrations. His writing has been published...
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