In recent years, however, dependence on the auto industry has decreased—the city lost 39 percent of its manufacturing jobs in the s—while the services sector has increased. Still, the automobile rules, and as go auto sales, so goes the Detroit area economy. While manufacturing has globalized, virtually all of the key engineering, administrative, and testing functions of the Big Three take place in the Detroit area, employing thousands of highly-skilled and well-paid workers.
The plan for the project was to have Diego Rivera paint 27 fresco murals in the Detroit Institute of Art. The mural that he created there clearly displayed his painterly ability as well as his interest towards the modern industrial culture in the United States.
In the agreement for the commission, the DIA was expected to pay all expenses towards materials while Rivera was expected to pay for his own assistance.
Excerpt from commission proposal to Diego Rivera from Wilhelm Valentiner. The arts commission will be very glad to have your suggestions of the motifs, which could be selected after you are here. They would be pleased if you could possibly find something out out of the industry of the town; but at the end they decided to leave it entirely to you, what you think best to do.
During the time Detroit was an advanced industrial complex, and was home to the largest manufacturing industry of the world.
The automotive industry in Detroit was capable of manufacturing every single component for their motor cars, something considered an industrial marvel at the time. Detroit had factories that produced diverse goods ranging from steel, electric power, and cement. Although Detroit was well known for the mass production of motor cars, they also manufactured ships, tractors, and airplanes.
This impressive integrated industrial manufacturing center is what Diego Rivera sought to capture in his work at the Detroit Institute of Art that would later be known as the Detroit Industry Murals. When Rivera started the project he immediately began researching the facilities at the Ford River Rouge Complex.
He spent three months touring all of the plants, and prepared hundreds of sketches and concepts for the mural. The photographers name was W.
Stettler, and was also the official photographer for the River Rouge plant. Although Rivera was intrigued with the industry that revolved around the motor car, he also expressed an interest in the pharmaceutical industry and spent some time at the Parke-Davis Pharmaceutical plant in Detroit to conduct even more research for his commission at the DIA.
Diego Rivera completed the commission in a relatively short amount of time, taking just eight months to complete the work. In order for him to have completed the work in such a short amount of time, Rivera along with his assistants, had an exhausting work schedule, and would routinely work fifteen-hour days.
It is also known that they would often have no breaks between work.
Rivera also had a reputation for paying his assistants poorly, leading them to protest for higher pay at one point during the project.
At the time Rivera's assistants were not the only workers protesting. Rivera started working on the mural in which overlapped the Great Depression.May 9, INDustry Detroit Comments Off on Spotlight on Detroit Art and Makers Spotlight on Detroit Art and Makers If you live in or anywhere near Detroit, you are probably well aware of the amazing artistic talent and creative culture pulsing strongly through the potholed veins of our city.
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Metro Detroit is second largest source of architectural and engineering job opportunities in the U.S. Detroit is known as the automobile capital of the world, with the domestic auto industry primarily headquartered in Metro Detroit. Detroit is best known as the center of the U.S.
automobile industry, and the "Big Three" auto manufacturers General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler are all headquartered in Metro Detroit. In , Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founded Fort Pontchartrain du Détroit, the future city of Detroit.
Detroit became such a huge and prosperous city because it was the center of the US automobile industry. That brought a huge amount of money and industry into the city.
Auto workers got good pay and good benefits, executives and engineers formed the upper class, and the city expanded and thrived.