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A British-born art world celebrity and provocateur has tagged Detroit — most prominently a crumbling wall at the derelict Packard plant. A stenciled work shows a forlorn boy holding a can of red paint next to the words “I remember when all this was trees.”

Artists from the 555 Nonprofit Gallery and Studios, a feisty grassroots group, quickly excavated the 7-by-8-foot, 1,500-pound cinder block wall with a masonry saw and forklift and moved the piece to their grounds near the foot of the Ambassador Bridge in southwest Detroit. This has sparked an intense debate about the nature of graffiti art, including complicated questions of meaning, legality, value and ownership. Some say the work should be protected and preserved at all costs. Others say that no one had a right to move it — and that the power and meaning of graffiti art is so intrinsic to its location that to relocate it is to kill it.

Read more at this link: Graffiti artist Banksy leaves mark on Detroit and ignites firestorm

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Here’s an interesting article from CNNMoney.com about the last tenant in the Detroit Packard Plant, Chemical Processing, Inc. http://money.cnn.com/2009/10/30/smallbusiness/chemical_processing_detroit.smb/index.htm

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