More art found on my brief Detroit People Mover journey! This is Baubien Passage by Glen Michaels, in the Bricktown station. It consists of two sets of ceramic panels, each screenprinted and painted with delicate, sketchy linework that suggests densely packed dimensional objects, mechanical motion, and both natural and manmade structures, with a nod to Italian Futurism.
Does the art suggest a dynamic Detroit? The then-perhaps-Futuristic People Mover? I’m not sure. Examining the panels on a Monday morning during rush hour, yet completely alone in the station, I was struck by an implied promise of excitement from the art, and the relative quiet of downtown Detroit at that moment. There’s something strongly optimistic and forward-thinking about these forms, while the context is, well, not exactly that.
Troy, MI-based Glen Michaels is known primarily as an architectural sculptor. Like me, he’s a graduate of the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Unlike me, there’s someone else out there with practically the same name as him, also an artist based in Michigan: meet the other Glen Michaels.