Get the book and/or the coloring book
332 pages, 770 color photos, 4 maps
Detroit is home to amazing
architectural sculpture-a host of gargoyles, grotesques, and other
silent guardians that watch over the city from high above its streets
and sidewalks, often unnoticed or ignored by the people passing below.
Jeff Morrison's Guardians of Detroit: Architectural Sculpture in the Motor City
documents these incredible features in a city that began as a small
frontier fort and quickly grew to become a major metropolis and
Detroit developed steadily following its
founding in 1701. From 1850 to 1930 it experienced unprecedented
population growth, increasing from 21,019 to over 1,500,000 people. A
city of giants, Detroit became home to people of towering ambition and
vision who gained wealth and sought to leave their mark on the city they
loved. This aspiration created a massive building boom during a time
when architectural styles favored detailed ornamentation, resulting in a
collection of architectural sculpture unmatched by any other U.S. city.
Guardians of Detroit is a first-of-its-kind project to explore,
document, and explain this singular collection on a building-by-building
basis and to discover and share the stories of these structures and the
artists, artisans, and architects who created them. Using a
600-millimeter lens and 23-megapixel camera, Morrison brings sculptural
building details barely visible to the naked eye down from the heights,
making them available for up-close appreciation. The photos are arranged
in a collage format that emphasizes the variety of and relationships
between each building's sculptural ornamentation. Well-researched text
complements the photography, delving into the lives of those who created
these wonderful works of architectural art.
Guardians of Detroit
is an extended love letter to the historic architecture of a city that
would become the driving force of America's industrial and economic
power. Fans of art, architecture, and hidden gems will love poring over
Guardians of Detroit is a first-of-its-kind project to explore, explain, and document Detroit's amazing collection of architectural sculpture on a building-by-building basis. Using telephoto photography, building details that are barely visible to the naked eye are brought down from the heights and made available for up-close appreciation. In some cases, ornamental elements that have been hidden from public view for more than 100 years have been brought to light. Whether you choose to purchase the 336-page hardcover book with 770 original photos, or the coloring book with 22 original illustrations based on those photos, or both, Guardians of Detroit provides a unique look at the often-hidden gems of one of the the Midwest's greatest cities.