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The largest graffiti mural in the state of Michigan needs your help to be completed. Help artist Kobie Solomon fulfill his dream.

Help Support the Largest Graffiti Mural in Michigan!

Detroit is a city with a rich artistic history. Hundreds of famed singers, songwriters, painters and photographers hail from the ‘Motor City’ and cite it as an inspiration for their work. For Detroit-based nonprofit, Detroit Harmonie the ever-growing arts community plays an important role in furthering its overarching mission to “break down the racial barriers in the city of Detroit and create a naturally diverse environment that attracts the next generation.” So, when Detroit graffiti artist Kobie Solomon asked for help, we answered.

More than two years ago, Kobie began painting his 8,750-square-foot mural on the westward-facing wall of the Russell Industrial Complex’s building #2. The Chimera, as it’s called, is a complex portrait of the city and its history. Unfortunately, a lack of resources has prevented its completion and now, with your help and that of Detroit Harmonie, Kobie will finally finish his masterpiece.  

Kobie describes the Chimera as a illustration of the city itself “its location, the people, the industry, its power, its pain, its strengths and weaknesses, and the future as well as its past.” He says of the piece, “I wanted to paint something that could be understood simply by all, but would have much deeper meanings for those who cared to look at it more closely with a discerning and contemplative eye. I wanted to make something that actually stood for something instead of just some nifty image to pretty up the wall; and I wanted execute the piece in a way that would not just inspire, but would actually help destroy the walls and preconceptions about an art form that has helped change my life for the better in ways I could have never hoped: graffiti.” The Chimera, the largest mural in the state of Michigan, has already been featured in nationally syndicated advertisements and on major networks such as The Discovery Channel. It already inspires passersby on Interstate 75 on a daily basis. It already serves as a testament to the city’s history and its future and it isn’t even complete. Imagine what it will be when Kobie has the opportunity to return to the wall.

In order for that to happen, however, it takes resources. Your contribution will help fund equipment rentals and supplies needed to fully realize the Chimera. And, for every dollar you donate, Detroit Harmonie will match your contribution up to $3,500. Donate today and help bring the Chimera to life! 

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    For a $10 contribution, supporters will receive a full color digital image emailed to them, as well as a thank you on the project website.

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    A $25 dollar donation will receive an 11x17 inch full color print mailed to their home or business and a thank you on the Project Website.

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    Those that donate $50 will get an 18x24 inch full color poster of the completed mural, signed by the artist, as a “Chimera Supporter” T-shirt, designed by Kobie.

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    The newest reward! For $75 you will be our guest at the upcoming Detroit Harmonie Taste of the World Color's Dinner: July 26th at 6:30 featuring: Southeastern Asia cuisine! You will also receive the Chimera Poster!

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    Donations of $100 will be met by inclusion of the donors name hidden in a place of the artists choosing within the river at the bottom of the mural…along with a “Chimera Supporter” T-shirt.

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    $250 donations will garner their name engraved on the permanent donor wall, a hidden name within the mural itself, as well as a “Chimera Supporter” T-shirt.

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    Those that donate $500 will receive their name hidden in the painting, a spot on the donor’s wall, “Chimera Supporter” T-shirt, and a one-on-one session of art instruction by the artist.

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    $1000 donors will get a one-on-one session of art instruction by the artist, a limited signed and numbered archival print of the finished mural, name hidden in the painting and their name engraved on the permanent donors wall… They will also receive a signed “Chimera Supporter” T-shirt.

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    Donations of $2000 will receive a 32 square foot ( 8’x4’) original painting by the artist, their name engraved on the donor’s wall, name hidden in the painting and a signed “Chimera Supporter” T-shirt.

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    The Ultimate Detroit Chimera reward!! For $5,000, we will fly you and a guest round trip from anywhere in the continental USA to Detroit, put you up in a hotel and be our special guest to the ribbon cutting.(If you are from the D we will fly two of your friends) Of course we will give you the T-shirt, Poster, prominence in the mural and on the Donor wall. Are you the ultimate Detroit supporter? Prove it!

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