Sydney G. James Gifts Detroit with Another Gem
August 28th, 2020
Detroit-based artist Sydney G. James will begin work on a new mural on the Chroma building, a developing creative hub in the Milwaukee Junction neighborhood, on Sept. 2. “It plays homage to Detroit, it plays homage to Black women and it plays homage to the North End – all in one image of a woman,” says James. This new mural, named The Girl with the D Earring, is a modern twist on the renowned portrait Girl with a Pearl Earring by Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer.Open Article
‘How do I make this Black?’ Detroit muralist reimagines iconic portrait, space
August 26th, 2020
Milwaukee Junction is getting a new nine-story mural by Detroit artist Sydney G. James, who is reimagining the renowned Dutch painting “Girl With a Pearl Earring.” Now, she will be a Detroit girl with a pink earring. The Johannes Vermeer painting is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world, which is why James said, “we are going to put it in Detroit.”Open Article
Detroit Artist Sydney James Commissioned For Chroma Development Mural
August 26th, 2020
The Platform, a Detroit-based real estate developer, has announced that work began today on a new mural on its nearly completed Chroma development in Milwaukee Junction, located in the heart of the Greater New Center area. “The Girl with the D Earring” by Detroit artist Sydney G. James will adorn the western wall of the Chroma building, located at 2937 E. Grand Blvd. The art is a modern Detroit take on Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl With a Pearl Earring,” deemed the most beautiful painting in the Netherlands.Open Article
Developers offer peek behind rainbow mural in Detroit
May 1st, 2019
Developers offered a look Monday at the progress on a $16 million project to turn a cold storage building into a co-working space and food hall in the Milwaukee Junction neighborhood.
The first floor-to-ceiling window has been installed in the nine-story building at 2937-67 E. Grand Blvd. It will be among dozens of windows that will pour light into the long-abandoned building known for its rainbow-colored mural.
“It is a relatively small project but because it is out of the norm, it attracts a great deal of interest,” said Peter Cummings, executive The Platform, the Detroit-based development group undertaking the project.
Redevelopment starts at Milwaukee Junction’s ‘Illuminated Mural’ building
January 23rd, 2019
A standout building and mural in Milwaukee Junction will see new life, as the Platform announced the start of redevelopment of the former cold storage building on East Grand Boulevard.Open Article
Coworking space, food hall coming to Milwaukee Junction neighborhood
January 22nd, 2019
Detroit — Construction began this month on a $16 million project to transform a long-vacant Milwaukee Junction building known for its rainbow-colored mural into a coworking space and food hall.Open Article
‘Boutique’ Co-Working Spaces Find a Niche Nurturing Small Businesses
January 22nd, 2019
In a refurbished Salvation Army building in downtown Lincoln, Neb., Bob Hinrichs runs a co-working space for about 150 people.Open Article
Mapping the developments in the works in and around New Center
April 26th, 2018
One neighborhood that will change dramatically over the next few years is New Center. Anchored by the Fisher Building, new construction and renovations are well underway in the neighborhood and surrounding areas. While plenty of redevelopment is still happening in Midtown, the momentum seems to be shifting just north into this centralized neighborhood.Open Article
Sources: Building with ‘bleeding rainbow’ mural under contract to The Platform
March 28th, 2017
A building in greater downtown best known for the colorful mural on its west side is under contract to Peter Cummings’ and Dietrich Knoer’s Detroit-based The Platform LLC development group, according to three sources familiar with the matter.