by Kyle Swenson
Update: Mystery solved. First, it looks like the picture is of Barnabas Collins, a vampire played by Canadian actor Jonathan Frid in the 60s goth soap, Dark Shadows (props to commentor Vern Morrison for catching that one). Also, it looks like the street art is the work of FACE, a Cleveland-based art project out to "battle commercial advertising." The Web site has a gallery of the work. All very cool. Thanks to you hipper people who wrote in to set us straight. No worries, dear readers, the gushing stops here. We'll now switch back to the regularly scheduled cynicism and bitterness.
The Scene staff was dragging in from the parking lot yesterday morning when we spotted something you don’t see everyday in the Flats: a floating vampire head. The AM grogginess wasn’t playing tricks with us. It turns out someone overnight pasted up the image on one of the hunks of concrete supporting the Detroit-Superior Bridge. You can scope it out on Robert Lockwood Drive.
It’s a black and white picture of a snarling vampire. In the left-hand corner you can make out a smaller smiling visage with “FACE” written to the right. It’s kind of got that Shepard Fairey OBEY thing going on. Social commentary? Twilight fan club? Blood bank ad? Who knows. What we do know is it’s the coolest thing to happen in the Flats since . . . let’s just say this is the coolest thing that’s happened in the Flats in awhile.
Reports have been beaming in that there are other images pasted up throughout Tremont. Feel free to email in any pictures you’ve taken of the street art or give us a heads up on where new images are spotted. Does anyone know who’s doing the FACE work? Are you the FACE planter? Get in touch, we love it and we’ve got questions.