by Ron Spence
Detroit knows how to treat its icons. In 1994 a Barry Sanders mural was attached to the Cadillac Tower Building, sponsored by NIKE. But, five years later, the building went into foreclosure and was remodeled.
After the renovations, Nextel Communications Inc. completed a mural of Steve Yzerman, at the same location as the former Sanders’ pic.
It was painted by Oregon-based artists, Art Pastusak and Jason Coatney, and depicts Yzerman bent at the waist resting his hockey stick on his thighs. The mural reads, “Born: Cranbrook, BC, 1965. Adopted: Detroit, MI, 1983. Steve Yzerman, over 600 goals, three Stanley Cup Championships and more than 16 years as captain.”
“We listened to Red Wings fans and are extremely excited to bring the new Yzerman image to the city of Detroit,” commented Glen Flowers, Midwest area vice president for Nextel. “This mural is a tribute to hockey’s greatest fans as well as to Steve Yzerman, Detroit’s hockey legend.”
Anyone who would like to commission a Trevor mural may contact ARIANNE VENUSO AT 630/875-5105.