Hello! I am Clifton Perry, also known as "Mr. CliffNote.” I am a native resident of Detroit, and current tenant of Northland Mall – until April 1. Along with all my fellow displaced business owners, the fate of a special piece of my art hangs uncertain.
This campaign is to save that art – a Motown-themed mural I did that stands 16-feet tall by 45-feet wide. It features some of the most popular acts on the legendary Motwon record label - a label that helped catapult Detroit’s unique music around the globe. I’m also a music man, and put five months of time and energy into creating this piece, to properly honor the legend it represents.
Schools have scheduled field trips to the mall just to see it, and I've even had a visit from the last surviving member of the Four Tops, Duke Fakir. I was humbled to hear Fakir say he came because he had heard so many great things about it.
I created the piece so people could have a visual representation of the historical significance that Motown is to this city and state. Motown smashed walls and made history, but seeing this piece get smashed or painted over would be a tragedy.
If there's anything in my power that I can do to stop this from happening, I’m gonna to do it. But with limiting funding and a ticking clock, I need support to save the mural. I'm reaching out to anybody or any institution who might be willing to help me get this mural out of the mall before it closes.
I am hoping to get it placed into a museum, art gallery, or even with a private collector for personal display. Funds raised will go toward moving costs.
Please help this historical piece live on like the timeless music it represents. Any assistance is greatly appreciated! I thank you so much for stopping by and reading about the Motown mural and the story behind it. Thank you!