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This piece of the fresco cycle is directly next to my previous post. As I said there the cycle entitled "Detroit Industry" was commissioned by Edsel Ford and created in 1931-1932 by Mexican artist Diego Rivera. Reviving techniques that dated back to Giotto and merging it with contemporary subject matter, Rivera created a impressive fresco cycle that is considered the finest work of his in the United States. His work for Rockefeller in New York was white washed but you can find Rivera frescoes in San Francisco and also in Mexico.

In this scene you see the assembly of the body of a Ford automobile. The entire south wall is dedicated to the creation of the automobile and everything that goes along with it. The north wall is dedicated to the creation of the engine, the Ford V8. In the background on your left are tourists who channeled through the Ford River Rouge factory. As with other characters on this wall Rivera tells us a lot through his portrayal of everyone. Among the tourists you can find old and aristocratic looking people as well as bratty looking kids who seem to sneer at all the workers toiling away on the line. Rivera's socialist ideals filter their way through in this way throughout the entire cycle.

As with the previous image this is just a small portion of the entire work. This view covers approximately 3m x 4m. The factory scenes on either wall are each 6m tall by 13m wide. With the additional scenes above the frescoes cover an area of 9m in height by 13m in width on the north and south walls. And also some space on the east and west walls above the entrances.

In the work shop I have posted views taken some months ago with my old digital camera of the north wall and south wall in their entireties. Unfortunately the new camera does not go as wide as the old one so I did not get any full wall scenes.

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