Arguably the spiritual center of Detroit community life, the Spirit of Detroit statue was commissioned in 1955, cast in Oslo, Norway, and completed and dedicated in 1958. At the time it was built the Spirit of Detroit statue was the largest cast bronze statue built since the Renaissance. Marking the monument is a quote from the Bible from which the statue gets its name reading “Now, the Lord is that spirit, and where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” And a plaque marking the importance of family.
No matter the time of year, you can always find something new and interesting about the Spirit of Detroit statue. Its status as a symbol of the community has been cemented by its use in murals, the Detroit city government’s logos, and the certificate for the Spirit of Detroit award. Most famously, whenever one of Detroit’s major sports teams are in the playoffs, fans place a jersey from the respective team onto the statue, meaning depending on when you go, you could capture a piece of local history when you photograph this landmark.
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