Deadline Detroit | The Hamtramck mural breathes new life into an iconic, retro design


A new mural on the corner of Trowbridge and Joseph Campau streets was recently unveiled in Hamtramck. While the piece has a familiar design, it’s inspired by an 80s billboard a mile away.

The new mural was inspired by a billboard design with Hamtramck’s 1980s slogan.

Kelly Golden, a local sign painter, was commissioned by the building owner to paint the Trowbridge House of Coffee sign with a 21st century update.

“They said they just wanted to change the tagline, which I guess Hamtramck has been updating over the last few years, so I redesigned that line of text to match,” Golden said.

Hamtramck’s slogan was updated from “a touch of Europe in America” ​​to “the world in two square miles”, more inclusive. A city that was once called “Little Warsaw” and was a landing place for Polish immigrants is now a mix of several ethnic communities, including Bangladeshi, Yemeni and other Middle Eastern countries. And with a newly elected Muslim mayor and a majority on the city council, the city is living up to its new slogan.

Golden enjoyed being the artist to put the new tagline on the retro design. She also added that many passers-by stopped to talk while she painted, which made it particularly memorable.

Kelly Golden, a local sign painter, works on the mural.

“I love all kinds of old-school graphics like that, especially this particular design,” Golden said. “And to be able to bring it back to Hamtramck, and make it last for someone else who knows how long has been a very good experience to be a part of.”


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