The Culture Club

In Detroit, you don’t have to wish upon a star. Instead, you can whisper your wish to the bark of the ginkgo tree Yoko Ono planted downtown in 2000. One of many wish trees she’s installed around the world, it’s also one of 150 pieces of public artwork highlighted in Art in Detroit Public Places. The book — from Wayne State University Press — is organized into six geographically arranged sections featuring works from such national and international figures as Alexander Calder, Carl Milles, Isamu Noguchi, and Auguste Rodin. Also from Wayne State University Press, Great Architecture of Michigan features 150 architecturally significant buildings chosen by the Michigan Architectural Foundation. The book covers the entire state and highlights architecture from heavy-hitters such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Gordon W. Lloyd. So if you’ve been wishing for two books compiling the region’s most important art and architecture, then maybe the damn tree works.

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