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Matthew Loflin Davis


December 3, 2003: Mars Industries Supports Detroit Public Art With Steel Pledge to Matthew Loflin Davis

Detroit, MI – December 3, 2003 – Mars Industries, a Detroit-based full-service scrap recycling company and one of the Midwest's largest metal recyclers, recently pledged 2000 lbs of steel for use in a public art project by Matthew Loflin Davis.

"We appreciate what Matthew is doing to transform what some people consider refuse into art for people to enjoy in Detroit's public spaces," said Paul Damron, Steel Sales Manager. "From one recycler to another, we wanted to materially support what Matthew is doing."

"Businesses are finally recognizing that public art  is an integral part of what makes a great city--a city great for both public and business life," said Davis. "Mars Industries stepping up with this donation helps provide the raw materials that will fuel Detroit's ongoing transformation; I hope other businesses will follow suit, offering similar support to my fellow Detroit artists."

Davis is currently working on determining where to put the donated steel to use. He is considering several ideas for installations in public spaces. He encourages anyone interested in contributing funds or other resources to the project to email him at

Matthew Loflin Davis, a well-known Detroit-area sculptor and photographer, has received overwhelming public support for his work on Belle Isle—so much so that the Mayor’s office intervened to keep his installation there standing when the Detroit Recreation department threatened to take it down. Davis has been featured several times on WJBK Channel 2 news in Detroit, was the subject of an episode of Art Beat on WTVS Detroit, and his work has been covered by WDIV Channel 4 news, the Detroit Free Press, the Ann Arbor News, the Holland Sentinel, and other newspapers nationally. Several Detroit-area art lovers have commissioned him to do stone and metal sculptures.

For more information on Matthew Loflin Davis and his work, visit For more information on APLAUDD: Art for Public Life And Urban Development in Detroit, a group that Davis co-founded, visit For more information on Mars Industries, visit


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