Harmonie Park / Paradise Valley
2011 Honor Award Winner
Michielutti Bros., Inc.
Paradise Valley in Detroit, Michigan is a recent public art project. The terrazzo artwork is located in a public park and pays homage to musicians, public figures and community leaders who had an impact on the area. Images of these individuals and places are depicted in rustic terrazzo murals surrounded by granite pavers. The artist chose rustic terrazzo due to its unlimited design and color potential as well as for having great durability in high traffic areas while being low in maintenance. Since the rustic terrazzo would be subjected to freezing temperatures as well as snow and ice, no divider strips were used in the creation of the murals, which created a challenge in following the artist’s renditions of each figure and building. Twelve colors were custom created to allow the artist to skillfully depict the images in terrazzo. Some of the people and places that are depicted in the terrazzo artwork are internationally recognized entertainers who toured Paradise Valley.
Hamilton Anderson Associates
Jenkins Construction, Inc.
City of Detroit-Downtown Development Authority
Terrazzo & Marble Supply