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Ann Arbor, MI:  “Tags”, “Murals” and “Sculptures”
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Tags (on column at left) and Murals (across Main Street) looking West under RR Overpass.
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Murals on RR Overpass columns.
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Looking South toward RR Overpass.
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Side view of RR Overpass looking South.
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Looking North away from RR Overpass.
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“Hobo Art” Sculpture #1 looking North
on South side of RR Overpass.
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“Hobo Art” Sculpture #1 (close-up)
on South side of RR Overpass.
Note RR passenger cars in background.
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“Hobo Art” Sculpture #1 looking West
on South side of RR Overpass.
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“Hobo Art” Sculpture #2.
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“Hobo Art” Sculpture #3.
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“Hobo Art” Sculpture #4.
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“Hobo Art” Sculpture #5.
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“Hobo Art” Sculpture #6.
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“Hobo Art” Sculpture #6 (close-up).
Photos by Art DelFavero ~ Spring 2010  
   Modern Hobo Art Mystery in Ann Arbor, Michigan: Since 1999 I have been traveling to Ann Arbor, Michigan, at least twice a week for business. Over this period of time I've noticed some ever-changing sculpture using rocks and slabs of concrete. The area where these items reside is located between the Huron River and the train depot. Based on the looks and the location it has been very easy for me to create a mental scenario that some hobos or transients were and are responsible for this perpetual phenomenon.
   Over the years I have made some minor inquiries to locals from all walks of life, but no one could give me any info on the creators. Lately I have been more aggressive and today my tenacity paid off. One of the artists, Steve, is from Alma Iowa. The other is a local businessman named Doug Lane Allen, to whom I spoke directly. Together these two have kept a local mystery going for many years. ~ Art Del Favero ~ 5/4/2010
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Looking East.     Looking West.
South side of “Ann Arbor Railroad Bridge” across Main Street.
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   My friend Cullen Neaton and I painted this mural in 2002. It was funded by Peter Allen and Associates. It was a part of a larger project to clean up and beautify the North part of Main street. I have tried to muster up funding over the years to renovate and restore the murals under the Main Street underpass, but have been unsuccessful. The mural is loved by many. It would be great to bring it back to life. ~ Mary Thiefels ~ 6/14/2010 ~ TreeTown Murals ~ www.treetownmurals.com