From the ancient Greek slave and storyteller, Aesop, to the ceiling of the DPL, in fresco-
Lion was awakened from sleep by a Mouse running over his face. Rising
up angrily, he caught her and was about to kill her, when the Mouse piteously entreated, saying: "If you
would only spare my life, I would be sure to repay your
kindness.“ The Lion laughed and let her go. It happened
shortly after this that the Lion was caught by some hunters,
who bound him by strong ropes to the ground. The Mouse,
recognizing his roar, came and gnawed the rope with her teeth
and set him free, exclaiming, “You see, even a mouse can help a Lion.”
(No kindness is too small)
I’m talking to Mike. I tell him I was born in the city, and that my Mother was a writer and editor for The Detroit News for over 30 years. “Is that why you do this work, is she your inspiration?” He tells me “My Mother was a clerk at this library for years, I grew up in this place.” This is Ralph, his youngest of three boys.
Corduroy Ralph East Entrance, The Detroit Public Library 8/9/17 #8x10 gelatin silver contact print
"Corduroy,“ was written and illustrated by Don Freeman. Published by Viking Press in 1968, it was named as one of the "Teachers Top 100 Books for Children.”
Jordan was born just outside the city and now lives downtown. She’s getting inspiration today from Carl Lundgren. He’s a Detroit based artist, a fantasy illustrator, whose rock posters from the 60s and 70s have become as important as the groundbreaking music it promoted. The Psychedelic Rock Art of Carl Lundgren was published in 2015 by Hermes Press.
The Psychedelic Rock Art of Carl Lundgren Jordan Strohm Hall The Detroit Public Library, 2/9/17 #8x10 gelatin silver contact print