What is the Heidelberg Project?
"The Heidelberg Project is an outdoor community art environment. The elements of the canvas contain recycled materials and found objects, most of which were salvaged from the streets of Detroit. Each work of art is carefully devised to tell a story about current issues plaguing society. As a whole, the HP is symbolic of how many communities in Detroit have become discarded. It asks questions and causes the viewer to think. When you observe the HP, what do you really see? Is it art? Is it junk? Is it telling a story? That’s for you to decide."
In 2011 I took my first visit with my sister, who currently resides in Detroit. Kids were playing, others viewing the art, and the cutest kittens lived under a few houses (which drivers are cautious of). Some art made sense, while other art kept you pondering. It didn't matter - it was magical.
Like my ginger hair? Haha.
Since the start of this year, 6 of the houses on Heidelberg have been victims of arson. Only 2 of the 8 remain standing. This absolutely sickens me! The point of Heidelberg is to promote a safe environment through art. Arson is not art. Now the community is getting together to help clean-up and re-build.Whoever the people behind the arson are - you are the reason everybody believes Detroit is shit. No matter what the reasoning behind it.