Human atlas showcases Detroit's unsung heroes and known heroes from all backgrounds

Posted at 11:13 AM, Oct 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-18 22:35:20-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — A research project dives deep into a group of Detroiters for a better understanding of the city.

It’s called a I.Detroit — A Human Atlas of an American City.

It’s spearheaded by a British artist Marcus Lyon.

“Shine a light on unsung heroes and known heroes and put them on a space where they are all equitable.”

That’s just one of the goals accomplished by I.Detroit.

Lyon took on this three-year project, highlighting those who represent the Motor City.

The nomination process narrowed it down to 100 Detroiters from all different backgrounds.

Some you might now, like Rep. Rashida Tlaib. Some you might not, but they all have a story and the genes to support it.

“They can build connections to different countries and different geographies and see where there are from.”

Part of I.Detroit’s project is taking a DNA swab to learn more about the Detroiters.

Marcus says this shows we are all connected.

“Two people that are in the 100 subsequently found that they are actually related. That’s a really fabulous, fabulous back story.”

The project comes in a book and a digital format.

This is the first time Marcus did a project like this in the U.S., and the city left a lasting impression.

“It’s a fabulous town, and I’m incredibly proud to say that I have people in Detroit.”

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