5 Detroit Legends Honored With “Spirit Murals” At New Arena
1st September 2017 by Daily Detroit staff
Five Detroit legends – most of them are alive – are honored with a series of “Spirit Murals” in the new Little Caesars Arena.
The murals were painted by Detroit-based artist Don Kilpatrick III. He has contributed to various publications and is chairman of the illustration department at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit.
According to the Detroit Red WingsDepending on what is happening, the legends can be rotated or supplemented.
People who defined sports and entertainment in our community will change as important anniversaries come, so we can celebrate great moments and mark the historic milestones that made Detroit swell with pride.
The first five legends are:
- Isiah Thomas – Detroit Pistons career guide for points, assists, thefts, sales and minutes played; led the Pistons to their first Eastern Conference final 30 years ago, the lowest they’d seen in the playoffs since moving from Ft to Detroit. Wayne.
- Eminem – Best Selling Detroit Male Artist of All Time and Best Selling Male Artist of the 2000s; The groundbreaking Slim Shady EP was recorded 20 years ago.
- Aretha Franklin – The Queen of Soul, one of the most influential and important voices in music history, who was also the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame; 50 years ago RESPECT became a hit and signature song.
- Gordie Howe – Hockey Icon (Mr. Hockey), Detroit Red Wings career leader in games, goals, points; Gordie started wearing his legendary number 9 in its second season 70 years ago.
- Joe Louis – One of the greatest boxers of all time, a national World War II hero who broke the color barrier in professional golf and won the heavyweight championship 80 years ago.