Wildflowers of Detroit



One pervasive vision of Detroit has been its ruins - the monolithic hulks of an industrial era gone by, documented in striking photographs and tales of urban exploration. Missing from this narrative is the space in between. In place of those decaying buildings grew, and still grow, plots of wildflowers and wildlife. After knowing well these secret gardens and hidden blooms, we feel this crucial story needs to be told, even as they disappear under Detroit’s rebuild. Wildflowers of Detroit is a community technology project for cataloging wild plants growing in Detroit, an effort which can enable people's appreciation of its open space. Though experiencing and appreciating the fields which are not ‘empty’ but filled with life, we can come to a knowing and remembering of what exists and existed in a space and place in time.

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