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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jive-Bomber, Nov 1, 2016.

  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
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    Fine Art and Flathead Fords


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  2. 60'coupe
    Joined: Dec 21, 2006
    Posts: 874


    There's some beautiful Diego Rivera work just across the bridge from you.

  3. typo41
    Joined: Jul 8, 2011
    Posts: 2,572

    Member Emeritus

    Who was the bigger genus - Rivera or Ford (Henry)?
    I can't imagine a paint brush in Henry's hand,
    But I would love to have seen a finished 32 Ford by Rivera
  4. keywestjack
    Joined: Jul 14, 2013
    Posts: 96

    from Pittsburgh

    I really think the cost would have set Henry loose more than it being done by Rivera.

  5. froghawk
    Joined: May 9, 2008
    Posts: 857


    Great post, Jive Bomber. Thanks for all the photos of the mural – so many details to absorb. I think one could spend days following the flow of Rivera's design from one scene to another and back. The ex-steelworker and union man in me cheers for the workers that Rivera realizes are so important to the industry documented in this work of art. Edsel was a man of great vision, and a genius in his own right, and his commissioning Rivera for this project is just one example of that vision. I have to think that working with his father, Henry, provided Edsel ample training for working with Diego Rivera, another man of colossal ego.

    Works such as this one, and many lesser works, such as the many U.S. Post Office murals commissioned by the WPA, made the 1930s a great time for public art.
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  6. Great post. Thanks.
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  7. BillyG
    Joined: Sep 30, 2009
    Posts: 98


    I'm so glad your visit to Detroit went well. I grew up in the city and believe it has a lot to offer and is getting better. My wife and I frequently visit the DIA on Friday nights when they host music performances in this court yard (really bad acoustics). I spend much of that time studying the mural as did you and trying to find any inaccuracy's in his depiction. How did you like the suits of Armor just in the next room? They would make an interesting subject for an article on the art of armor making.
  8. Burny
    Joined: Dec 20, 2004
    Posts: 1,601


    Thanks for posting...Great images!
  9. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,803


    very worthwhile. Thanks
  10. flatford8
    Joined: Dec 12, 2012
    Posts: 146

    from Lyman,ME.

    Great post, thanks!
  11. vonpahrkur
    Joined: Apr 21, 2005
    Posts: 922


    Cool post, thank you.
    Joined: Jun 3, 2005
    Posts: 8,300


    Did you arrange any vintage transportation while you were here? I'm sure a few, myself included, would have enjoyed adding an additional element to your experience. Reach out next time and lets see what we can do. That's assuming there's sure to be a next time, yes?
  13. Thanks for the posting, I'd like to have a large poster of the mural to hang next to some of my flathead art.
  14. 19Fordy
    Joined: May 17, 2003
    Posts: 7,377


    Those murals truly depict a time when factory work
    was just so mind numbing, robotic
    and just plain hard work.
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  15. Jungle Jalopy
    Joined: Mar 31, 2010
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    Jungle Jalopy

    I needed a little art in my day. Thanks!
  16. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,728

    Atwater Mike

    Would it be considered 'defacing' to pencil in some valve pockets in Diego's 'generic block'? :D

    Looks like a Lindberg model kit.
  17. redo32
    Joined: Jul 16, 2008
    Posts: 1,882


    A buddy brought up the subject of going to NSRA Kalamazoo next year and sight seeing in Detroit. What else should we not miss while we are there?
  18. Incredible look back in time.
    I've been involved with large mural work myself, so I know what goes into it, and the time involved.
    Not only is this well thought out artwork, but it is also history.
  19. battersea boys
    Joined: Dec 29, 2005
    Posts: 690

    battersea boys
    from surrey

    Love this stuff
    I like the noise created by these images, and the toughness of the toil of men working shifts to put food on the table.
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  20. Gary Addcox
    Joined: Aug 28, 2009
    Posts: 2,452

    Gary Addcox

    Check the location where the valves are positioned on that flathead. I take my hat off to Edsel for his vision in design, despite his Hitlerian father always ridiculing him his entire life.
    Joined: Dec 7, 2007
    Posts: 66


    I know they were available in the gift shop. Still might be.
  22. 31Apickup
    Joined: Nov 8, 2005
    Posts: 2,810


    In 1989, the Detroit Grand Prix poster was a modified version of that fresco. Have a copy hanging in my garage. They were available at Detroit area Cadillac dealers at the time. 1989 grand prix.JPG
  23. It's nice to see all those different colored people working together to make something great that we all love! I'd love to see it in person some day.
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