We were on one of our regular trips down the Dequindre Cut to the Detroit River the other day when we noticed three beautiful paintings installed on the cement bridge foundations that are usually just covered with graffiti. It was a new experiment by the Detroit Institute of Arts's Inside|Out program, which installs ornately-framed facsimiles of some of the DIA's masterpieces outdoors in various locations in the city and its suburbs. I wrote about what is still (in my opinion) the best-executed Inside|Out piece a year or so ago, but these are pretty cool in their location, and connect the pieces installed at Eastern Market with those installed at the riverfront. I run down the cut every day, and it's been a pleasure seeing all the people stopped and staring at the paintings.

[above, Sir William Bereton, artist unknown]

[Selene and Endymion, by Nicolas Poussin]

[Konigsee, by Willibald Wex]

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