In Focus: MEGGS “Rise Up”

Follow the artists, they say. I live in Oakland, CA, where the city has been exploding with creative fire the last few years, as a mass exodus of artists from San Francisco – tired of astronomical rents for miniscule spaces – have taken up residence. I was one of them. This influx of artists into urban warehouse districts is no new trend, and in the case of the economically floundering city of Detroit (with an unfounded number of abandoned buildings somewhere in the range of 40k), the artists have taken to the streets to show their love. Detroit, with it’s bankruptcy woes is obviously on a little bit of a different plane than Oakland, but to me, the sense of creative urgency resonates. One of our favorite street artists MEGGS, who we’ve featured before, took to Detroit for his new piece “Rise Up”,  his largest mural to date. Over 6,000 square feet, the mural inspires with a powerful Rocky Balboa type of message.

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Photo by Mike Popso

Rise Up 2.Miya Tsukazaki.

Photo by Miya Tsukazaki

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Photo by Mike Popso

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Photo by Sal Rodriguez

Rise Up 1.Miya Tsukazaki

Photo by Miya Tsukazaki

Rise Up 3.Miya Tsukazaki

Photo by Miya Tsukazaki

Rise Up 4.Miya Tsukazaki

Photo by Miya Tsukazaki

Rise Up 5.Miya Tsukazaki

Photo by Miya Tsukazaki

Rise Up 6.Miya Tsukazaki

Photo by Miya Tsukazaki

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Photo by Mike Popso

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Photo by Sal Rodriguez

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Photo by Sal Rodriguez

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