THE COLORS OF DETROIT
What makes a great city?
Is it the character of the weather, the buildings, the people?
I know my city has seen the worst and the best, the highs and the lows.
The gothic roots of its architecture have endured boom and bust.
New structures rise near a fast flowing river.
Hope rises with them.
I still like this city best on a frozen winter morning,
when the sun rises through sky filled with floating crystals of ice.
Only then, early in the new day does the city warm under the winter light
and become the elegant palace of dreams,
standing like a fortress frozen in time.
Garth Glazier, 2018
The "Colors of Detroit" is the result of my graphic teaching design this year and many conversations with students about color and its power to express a mood or set a tone. Detroit is a great city where what was broken and old is once again seen as new and beautiful.
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The sun's light turns from orange to red.
It feels like the last warm day of summer.
View toward the river.
The city is bathed in the frozen mist of a December morning.
"February Night Light"
The streets glow with light just after night has fallen.
A heavy snowfall catches the light from the streets
and makes the buildings glow.
"January Deep Freeze"
The air is frozen and the world seems to have stopped.
The air is sweet with the fragrance of green things growing,
and the dampness of rain is on the breeze.
The air is cold and the sky is clear. The first snow has yet to fall.
As the days grow shorter the bright tones of summer
give way to a deeper richer color palette..
The first hint of spring and the air is heavy with drizzle.
The air is damp and chills to the bone.
The first real snowfall of the year is underway
as traffic slowly crawls up the streets.