07/30/2013 11:26 am ET Updated Sep 29, 2013

Detroit Artist Installs Crisco Can At Joe Louis Fist To 'Ease City's Bankruptcy Pain' -  Deadline Detroit

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In what he said was a gesture of sympathy to a bankrupt city, a Detroit artist jumped out of his pickup truck early Tuesday at Woodward and Jefferson and deposited an oversized replica of a Crisco can at the base of the Joe Louis fist.

That is art in an Andy Warhol sort of way, even though most of the commuters roaring past at 7:15 a.m. did not appear to be aware that they had witnessed a real live installation, even if it was off-the-wall to the point of obscurity. And it's also uncertain if other passersby will get the humor and irony behind the can, whose top bore a striking resemblance to the wavy white greasy substance in a real Crisco container.

Flickr photo by hfb.

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