Heidelberg Project- Saving People and Neighborhoods Through Art

A house covered with long playing records.A tree hung with all kinds of colorful junkA pink car buried in the grass with a tree growing out of its roof

A little door in the roots of a tree.

Those are just a few of the interesting pieces of art you’ll see if you visit the Heidelberg Project in Detroit. Located in a neighborhood that used to be a haven for drug dealers, gang violence and crime it now draws hundreds of thousands of visitors a year.

On Sunday we took a bike tour of public art in Detroit with my brother-in-law Paul and sister-in-law Shirley.  One of our first stops was the Heidelberg Project.

The Heidelberg Project was the brainchild of Tyree Guyton who has an honorary doctorate in Fine Arts and was awarded a one-year residency to study art in Basil, Switzerland last year. He is is an urban environmental artist who has waged a personal war on urban blight on Detroit’s East Side, transforming his neighborhood into a living indoor/outdoor art gallery. Through his art, Guyton has drawn attention to the plight of Detroit’s forgotten neighborhoods and spurred discussion and action. The sign on this TV says, “Life Without Art is Stupid.”The Heidelberg initiative runs an art education program for third-grade students in metro Detroit schools. They showcase emerging artists

and work on art projects with young adults ages 18-35 using art as a catalyst to bring about change in their lives.The art pieces are all made with recycled materials.

Other posts to check out…….

Art From All Kinds of Things

What Artwork Reminds You of Home?

Art in the Garden

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