L.A. Muralist Bunnie Reiss Puts Final Touches On Detroit’s Downtown Synagogue

By Gus Burns
MLive.com, Walker, Mich.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Los-Angeles based muralist Bunnie Reiss is known worldwide for her public murals, a sort of simplistic, colorful, geometric folk art influenced by her Polish and Russian heritage.

MLive.com, Walker, Mich.

With blonde and silver hair spurting from the elastic straps of her Storm Trooper-style respirator, Los Angeles-based muralist Bunnie Reiss climbs a fire escape on the rear of Detroit’s only downtown synagogue.

Her arms cradle more than nine Montana Gold spray paint cans that clank as she places them down one by one on a third-story, metal-grate landing.

She stands at the center of the immense artwork, her cans hissing paint in curved white lines and orange circles as she accents the public mural she’s been working on up to 15 hours a day for the last eight days, including a day and a half she lost to storms and harsh winds.

“This one has been really fun, I’ve just had a great time here,” Reiss says while sitting on the tailgate of a Dodge Durango SUV a Detroit friend loaned her. “I just love the people. I love the rhythm of the city, it’s a good one, and it’s full of people that are just excited about really simple things, like the weather being warm.

“I saw everybody sort of light up because all of the sudden it wasn’t winter anymore. It’s a really special time in the Midwest when that happens. It’s awesome just to see everyone come alive. You guys are like bears.”

There’s a continuous stream of fans, members of the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue and curious onlookers, stopping by to take in the mural and say hello.

“I’ll be down in a minute,” she yells down to a pair of women who stop to take some cell phone pictures.

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