museum mural to trace city's immigration history
HAMTRAMCK, July 10, 2018 (AP): A history museum in southeastern
Michigan is set to unveil a mural celebrating the city's
immigrants, despite the artist being behind schedule.
Artist Dennis Orlowski told the Detroit News that at
least two-thirds of the Hamtramck Historical Museum
installation will be complete in time for the unveiling on July
19. The ``Coming to Hamtramck'' mural will be 175 feet
long (53 meters) and over 6 feet tall (2 meters) inside the
museum located in the Detroit enclave of Hamtramck.
The Michigan Humanities Council funded the mural with a $15,000
Each of the mural's panels will be devoted to a specific
immigrant group instrumental to the city's evolution, from
French, German and Polish immigrants to today's
Yemenis and Bangladeshis. The segment dedicated to
Albanians features Luigi Gjokaj, a Hamtramck police
officer, standing in front of the Albanian-owned Hamtramck Coney
Island near the owner of the Hamtramck Review newspaper.
``As far as we know, we're the most diverse city in Michigan
now, and one of the most diverse in the nation,'' said Greg
Kowalski, a founder and chairman of the museum.
The city has a majority-Muslim city council and a
Orlowski is working to convey the immigration patterns in
acrylics, and the process to paint one panel can take four to
six weeks. He was supposed to finish the mural by November, but
it's taking longer to capture details and accuracy. Any change
in a figure's pose or color causes a chain reaction requiring
Orlowski to adapt other figures and tints to create a balance.
Information from: The Detroit News,