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Free art to see in Detroit

A metal relief of Adolph Alexander Weinman by one of his students, Anthony de Francisci.
A metal relief of Adolph Alexander Weinman by one of his students, Anthony de Francisci.

There is some very impressive art in Detroit. Two statues come to mind. The statues of William Maybury and General Alexander Macomb. Both of these pieces were designed by Adolph Alexander Weinman.

William Maybury was a native of Detroit and served as its mayor from 1897 until 1904. He also served in the US House of Representatives from 1883 until 1887 representing Michigan. Maybury's statue is in Grand Circus Park Historic District. This District was created by Augustus Woodward in 1890. The 5 acre park is the shape of a half moon and is bisected by Woodward Avenue.

Alexander Macomb was also born in Detroit. He served as commanding general of the United States Army from May 29, 1828 until his death on June 25, 1841. The Weinman statue was created using granite and bronze from melted down cannons. The statue was installed in 1906. You can find the Macomb statue in a traffic island on Washington Boulevard at the intersection of Michigan Avenue.

These two statues are only a few blocks apart. Wave the next time you drive by, or better yet, stop for a while and enjoy some of the great art of Detroit.

Weinman came to the United States at a young age. He was a prolific and talented sculptor and engraver. He enjoyed popularity during his lifetime. He was a member of the National Sculpture Society, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the National Institute of Arts and Letters, the National Academy of Design, and the New York City Art Commission. You may be more familiar with other works by Adolph Alexander Weinman. He designed the Walking Liberty Half-Dollar, the Mercury dime, and the frieze on the pediment of the Jefferson Memorial.

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