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mural by Mathew Sharum

Mathew Sharum's Mural

I Spy: October 2020

by Sally Bjork

From the November, 2020 issue

"A fun trompe l'oeil!" writes Monet Tiedemann about October's feature. "This is the new mural by Mathew Sharum just off Liberty," writes Andy Bayer. "I love the 3-D illusion and the theme of town-gown interconnection!" says Elli Gurfinkel. "The 'stationary spin' clue refers to the very realistic image of a Spin electric scooter."

"I did a double-take before I realized that the scooter was not really leaning against the wall," shares Silvia Ruiz. Dan Romanchik writes that he and his wife "actually made a special trip downtown to find this"--something that wouldn't have been necessary pre-Covid, when they made weekly visits to the Michigan and State theaters.

"Well done Mathew," says David Karl, noting that the Dearborn artist's work was commissioned by the Oxford Companies. According to Sharum's Facebook post, the mural "had to be done on panels because the building is historic," and also needed to accommodate the plaque on the side of the building where "the owner ... has his picture taken with his kids" every year. He expertly framed it into the painting.

Look for outlines of Sharum's feet near the alley entrance for the perfect viewing spot of the mural's 3-D illusion. "Downtown Ann Arbor is becoming mural city USA," continues Karl. "I like that!"

We received fourteen correct entries in October. Our random drawing winner is Shannon Kohlitz. She will enjoy her $25 gift certificate at Seva's.

To enter this month's contest, use the image and clue on the Back Page of the November issue and send your answer to the address at the bottom of the page.


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