Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Heidelberg Project

The Heidelberg Project is put together by Detroit artist Tyree Guyton. Beginning in 1986, originally designed as a creative response to ongoing destruction and decay in the neighborhood he grew up in. Losing 3 brothers on the streets, he's now created a community of safe beautiful artwork.

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.
While visiting, we were lucky enough to meet two of the artist! One we talked to for quite awhile. He had drunk cat pillars, I loved them. When asked if I did any art, I mentioned how I enjoy making collages. He then showed me his memory collage - a clear box with parts of places with meaning. One included a piece of the floor from a Detroit school that was torn down.
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.


  1. wow that sounds really interesting!

    1. It is, if you ever come to the states - Detroit is a place to visit!
      Has many amazing sites to see and places to visit. c:

  2. The HP sounds really awesome. It's great that the community can come together and tell stories through art.
    It really sucks about the arson. Some people really know how to ruin good things.
    I'm a new follower via bloglovin and GFC. =0)

    1. It's definitely awesome. The arson does suck, whoever is the arsonist behind it all sure did ruin an amazing thing.
      I also follow you! Glad to have a new blogger buddie! ^_^