Art major Bianca Ibarlucea combines art with activism, draws attention to city lighting...

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"Illuminating Chinatown"

by Meg Urisko

On Nov. 24, at Cass and Peterboro, Detroit's Chinatown, 100 Flying Paper Lanterns were launched into the sky. The event was organized by Bianca Ibarlucea, a Wayne State University junior, for a class led by visiting artist Fritz Haeg and sculpture professor Eric Troffkin. Ibarlucea said living on Peterboro inspired this project. Current figures estimate that around 20 percent of Detroit's lighting infrastructure does not work, and in some areas that number may be as high as 50 percent, she said. “After the lighting bills died in the State Senate this fall, I decided to combine art with activism, and create a project that would amplify the voice of Detroiters as they call on elected officials to resolving the lighting issue.”