There is a colorful painted building on the corner of Burt Road and Tireman Street on Detroit’s westside. Design wise, it’s a simple, non-discreet three level structure that at one time could have been a hotel. But more than likely, it was probably built as an apartment building. The long narrow place faces Tireman and extends a couple hundred feet from left to right. What’s remarkable about the old abandoned place is what’s painted on the outside.
Each of the building’s three floors has a unique paint job that covers its length. Reds, yellows, and various light shades of pink are painted in different sized blocks and squares along the top floor. The second level consists of painted block and squares as well, but a variety of different sized circles are incorporated into the design. The colors used on that floor are made from various hues of blue, greens, and yellows.
The bottom floor has the darkest color combinations of the three. Deep purple and blue shades that fade to gray dominate the first floor’s colorful circles and blocks. Those darker colors seem to anchor the building to the ground. The second and third floor colors gradually lighten as they move up, drawing the eye upward. The building’s unusual hand painted color scheme creates a natural flow from bottom to top.
In addition to the brightly colored blocks and circles covering the building, painted along the top floor are three simple words: Few Screws Loose.
The words are painted in large white block letters, outlined in black. The size of them reminded me of those found on billboards along the freeway. On my citywide bicycle rides I see plenty of colorful hand painted walls, buildings, etc. with many names and letters, but I’ve never seen these particular words before.