Sunday, September 9, 2007

The Honorable Coleman Young

This issue of Detroit Monthly was published in October of 1989, during Coleman Young's campaign for a fifth term as mayor of Detroit. The design director of the magazine told me that he wanted to show the mayor as a crumbling monument. We decided to show just his head, somewhat reminiscent of the final scene in the original version of the film Planet of the Apes, where Charlton Heston comes upon the head of the Statue of Liberty, sticking out of the sand on the beach. The desolate scene in this illustration is very true to what much of Detroit looks like, unfortunately. By the way, Young won the election.

This somewhat provocative illustration was something that must have made an impression on a lot of people. I still have people tell me that they remember it, which is pretty cool.

Acrylic, ink, colored pencil, 16" x 22".

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