Detroit Institute of Arts

As I mentioned in an earlier post, during our Detroit Zoom we visited the Detroit Institute of Arts. I took so many great pictures that I will just do a few each day of the different category’s. The first I will show is the Diego Rivera Hall which is right in the middle of the museum. I was excited to view this because I had only known about it through text books. This is a mural painted by Diego Rivera who actively painted for 50 years (1907 to 1957). Diego’s second wife is the widely popular Frida Khalo.
Edsel, Henry Fords son and Eleanor, Edels’s wife were huge patrons of the arts. In 1932
Edsel and the Director of the DIA commissioned Diego Rivera to paint a mural on two of the walls.
Diego and Frida came and studied manufacturing at the Rouge River plant and also took in the spirit of Detroit. Rivera then suggested doing more than two murals it was agreed upon and the commission expanded. On a sidenote, you can take a tour of the Rouge River Factory today, a little more updated from the Diego and Frida time.
He painted industry, airplanes, assembly workers in all races. Also included were secretary’s, accountants, Henry and Edsel Ford.
It is quite a grand area and would take a long time to absorb everything.
He also painted in medicine, vaccinations and religion. If you would like to read a little more in depth about the murals click here. I also want to suggest if you go to Detroit touring the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, it is chock full of art and antiques and is on beautiful Lake St. Clair, one of my favorite places.

Memorial Day

On this Memorial Day we remember those Soldiers that died defending our wonderful country. I love America, we aren’t perfect but we are strong. This picture was taken in Holland Michigan at Centennial Park. Just the right amount of breeze.

Love a clean and sparkling pool and that is ours. Still getting it warmed up. Yesterday we got in and it was 76 degrees. That is not good enough, it was almost torture for me. I like 86 and it is almost there. I will be in it this afternoon. Our outside weather station alarm was going off recently because the temp. hit 100 outside.

We have ordered new furniture for around the pool. It is made of recycled plastics and manufactured in Canada. I loved this green rocker that they had in the store. It is called Kiwi. We have a side table ordered in green and another rocker rocker in white with a side table. Then a chaise lounge in turquoise. They are heavy and and tough so they can be left outside year round. The claim is that the color won’t fade and we loved it because of the weight, the rockers will not flip over in the wind and land on the pool cover.The name of the company is C.R. Plastic Products, and they are located in Stratford, Ontario.

Picked out some nice bright chair pads for the front porch. The bottom pad is reversible with stripes on the other side. They were bought from Pier One Imports.

Lastly we were in Detroit on Saturday at a Tigers game, I could see this building from my seat and it wasn’t this colorful last year. After doing some internet searching here is what I came up with to explain what it is all about. Being a person who loves color I was drawn to it immediately.