Manufacturing as art: A 27-panel mural tells the story

Posted by LDonia on 09/10/2013

It may come as a surprise to many to learn that, at one point in time, Americans considered manufacturing work beautiful -- even worthy of art. Today's manufacturing fact commemorates that time.

According to the Detroit Institute of Arts, Rivera, who believed art should be public rather than hidden away in galleries, painted the Detroit Industry mural in 11 months "as a tribute to the city's manufacturing base and labor force of the 1930s."

Learn more about Detroit Industry.

See more of our month-long manufacturing trivia series.

Photo by flickr user ashleystreet, used following Creative Commons guidelines.

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