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World’s Tallest Mural to Debut in Detroit

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

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DETROIT—Downtown Detroit will soon be home to the tallest mural in the world, according to reports.

New York-based street artists How & Nosm say they have designed a 354-foot-tall, 81-foot-wide mural for the 25-story First National Building on Woodward Avenue.

First National Building

The First National Building in downtown Detroit will be the canvas for the world's tallest mural.

Currently, the world’s tallest mural is the 320-foot-tall St. James Town mural in Toronto, reports note.

Work on the new mural, titled “With All One’s Heart,” was scheduled to start Sunday (May 10) and wrap up by the end of the month, reports said.

Motor City turned Mural City

“With All One’s Heart” will be the latest in a collection of giant murals recently painted in the city.

HENSE’s mural on the Madison Building and David “Meggs” Hooke’s 6,000-square-foot tiger in the Milwaukee Junction neighborhood are two recent projects, according to

The well-known street artist Shepard Fairey is also expected to leave a mark on Detroit, painting a 184-foot-tall mural on the Compuware Building, located downtown.

How & Nosm (Raoul and Davide Perre) are identical twin brothers known for large scale graffiti-based murals that adorn city walls in many countries, according to their website.

The Library Street Collective arts group is helping to coordinate the mural effort, which is commissioned by businessman Dan Gilbert.

A Loving Tribute

Renderings of the project have not been revealed, but the artists say the new mural will pay homage to a mural that was previously painted on the east-facing wall on the First National Building.

That mural, finished in 1972 and designed by Detroit native Alvin Loving Jr., depicted geometric shapes. It was named after his daughters, “Message to Demar and Lauri.”

First National Building
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The new mural will pay homage to a mural that was previously painted on the east-facing wall on the First National Building, “Message to Demar and Lauri," by Alvin Loving Jr.

According to and, one of the two painters from a Minnesota firm responsible for executing the work fell 14 stories to his death shortly after beginning the project.

The painter’s death was said to have devastated Loving, who was then living in New York, and he never returned to see the finished work, the sites said.

Loving’s 20,000-square-foot faded mural was removed during a building renovation in 1989, despite protests from the local art community.

The Building

The First National Building, completed in 1922, was designed by architect Albert Kahn in the neoclassical architectural style with unusual “Z” configuration that maximizes natural light, according to the building’s management firm, Bedrock Real Estate Services.

Known as the “architect of Detroit,” Kahn’s portfolio also includes the Fisher Building, and the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House.


Tagged categories: Aesthetics; Architecture; Artists; Color + Design; Graffiti; Murals; North America; Painters

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