I love the way Diego depicts the workers here in this panel above and in another one across from it in the courtyard at the Detroit Institute of Arts, but I can't say that I saw this exact image when I toured the factory. In Diego's mural, you can see some of the visitors on a tour in the left background. Here, they are on ground level, but today visitors walk above the workers. It seems less intrusive, but the workers can still see you if they look up. I was the first person of the morning to take the tour, so it was very quiet. There are docents seated all around the perimeter and as you advance to a new location, the docent tells you what the workers are doing down below. Even though 1 minute is not a lot of time to work on your section, it looked as if the assembly line moved slowly. I didn't see a lot of people working together as in Diego's mural. The people looked as if they were working on their part separately; however, when it came to putting on the moon roof, I did see a couple of people working in unison.
As much as I love Diego's murals of the factory workers, I think he painted an idealized vision, not reality. In one of my next blog posts, I'll reflect on Frida's view of the Ford factory.
© Celia S. Stahr 2015