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Giant Crisco Can Helps Ease the Pain in Detroit

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Submitted by Danny Rollingstone on the AOTP Facebook page:

Update: City Trashes Crisco Can Artist Installed At Fist To ‘Ease Bankruptcy Pain’
by Bill McGraw
July 29, 2013

Update, Monday, Aug. 4: BuzzFeed names the Crisco can among the best street art for 2013.


In what he said was a gesture of sympathy to a bankrupt city, a Detroit artist jumped out of his pickup truck early Tuesday at Woodward and Jefferson and deposited an oversized replica of a Crisco can at the base of the Joe Louis fist.

That is art in an Andy Warhol sort of way, even though most of the commuters roaring past at 7:15 a.m. did not appear to be aware that they had witnessed a real live installation, even if it was off-the-wall to the point of obscurity. And it’s also uncertain if other passersby will get the humor and irony behind the can, whose top bore a striking resemblance to the wavy, white, greasy substance in a real Crisco container.

Update, 1:47 p.m.: City officials say they plan to remove the Crisco can because they see it as “abandoned property.” It was gone by 2 p.m. (more…)