Heidelberg Project

Image Number: 00843
<br>Sidewalk art at Tyree Guyton's Heidelberg Project
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00844
<br>Artwork at Tyree Guyton's Heidelberg Project
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00845
<br>Colorfully painted piano at Tyree Guyton's Heidelberg Project
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00846
<br>Artwork at Tyree Guyton's Heidelberg Project
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00847
<br>Tin man at Tyree Guyton's Heidelberg Project
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00848
<br>Dotty Wotty House at Tyree Guyton's Heidelberg Project
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00849
<br>Noah's Ark at Tyree Guyton's Heidelberg Project
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00850
<br>Planted flowers at Tyree Guyton's Heidelberg Project
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00851
<br>OJ House at Tyree Guyton's Heidelberg Project
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00852
<br>Artwork at Tyree Guyton's Heidelberg Project
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00853
<br>OJ House behind fence at Tyree Guyton's Heidelberg Project
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00854
<br>Artwork at Tyree Guyton's Heidelberg Project
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00855
<br>Artwork at Tyree Guyton's Heidelberg Project
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 04555
<br>Heidelberg Project faces on plywood sheets<br>
--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 04556
<br>Heidelberg Project welcome sign on an old car hood<br>
--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 04557
<br>Record House at the Heidelberg Project<br>
--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 04558
<br>Detail of stuffed animal at the Party Animal House at the Heidelberg Project<br>
--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 04559
<br>Oil barrel art at the Heidelberg Project<br>
--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 04560
<br>Obstruction of Justice House at the Heidelberg Project, shortly before it burned down<br>
--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 04722
<br>Artist Tyree Guyton speaking with visitors outside the recently burned OJ House at the Heidelberg Project<br>
--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 04723
<br>Heidelberg Project looking down Heidelberg Street<br>
--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 04724
<br>Heidelberg Project looking down Heidelberg Street<br>
--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 04725
<br>Recently burned OJ House at the Heidelberg Project<br>
--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 04726
<br>Recently burned OJ House at the Heidelberg Project<br>
--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 04727
<br>Recently burned OJ House at the Heidelberg Project<br>
--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 04728
<br>Colorful oil drums at the Heidelberg Project<br>
--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 04729
<br>Shoes in cinder blocks at the Heidelberg Project<br>
--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 05697
<br>Detail of recently burnt OJ House at the Heidelberg Project<br>
--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 05698
<br>Onlookers at the recently burned House of Soul at the Heidelberg Project<br>
--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 05699
<br>Recently burned House of Soul at the Heidelberg Project<br>
--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 05700
<br>Heidelberg Project<br>
--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 05701
<br>Recently burned OJ House at the Heidelberg Project<br>
--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 05702
<br>Recently burned OJ House at the Heidelberg Project<br>
--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 05703
<br>Recently burned OJ House at the Heidelberg Project<br>
--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 05704
<br>Dolls in the basement of the recently burned OJ House at the Heidelberg Project<br>
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Location Name:  The Heidelberg Project (Detroit, Michigan)

Location Type:  Art

Year Began:  1986

Artist(s):  Tyree Guyton and Sam Mackey

History:  

The Heidelberg Project began on the East Side of Detroit in 1986. Artist Tyree Guyton and his grandfather Sam Mackey sought to use art to improve their blighted community. The outdoor art project is part political protest and part a visionary way to spur community involvement through creativity. Constantly evolving, the Project has transformed a hardcore inner-city neighborhood into one in which residents took pride and where visitors are many and welcomed. Over the years, vacant homes and lots have been made into art; as well as the streets, sidewalks and trees.

While many in the art world have begun to recognize Guyton’s work, the Heidelberg Project has not been without its share of critics. Viewed by some as garbage and trash adorning city blocks in a community with little hope, many have sought to have the Project dismantled. In November 1991, then Detroit Mayor Coleman Young had three Heidelberg houses demolished. In 1999, Mayor Dennis Archer continued Young’s efforts and took more houses down. The heated debate over whether or not Heidelberg was an eyesore seems to have ended. While critics remain, the movement Heidelberg has started is showing its progress in the neighborhood. Visitors flock to see the strange artworks and community members benefit from their art education programs; especially children. It appears that Guyton is realizing his goals in helping the community and creating new hope through his work.

Click here to visit the Heidelberg Project’s website.

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