The city has tried to destroy this two-block work of art twice, but it remains—a tribute to a community's resilience and creativity
Detroit's problems of urban distress, decay, and inner-city abandonment are all too well-known. Yet the city remains host to some amazing architecture, creativity, and resilience. I have come across no more impressive example than artist Tyree Guyton's amazing, two-block Heidelberg Project.
Named for the east-side street on which it sits, the project was initiated in 1986 by Guyton and his grandfather. Here's how it is described on its website:
The Heidelberg Project is art, energy, and community. It's an open-air art environment in the heart of an urban community on Detroit's East Side. Tyree Guyton, founder and artistic director, uses everyday, discarded objects to create a two block area full of color, symbolism, and intrigue. Now in its 25th year, the Heidelberg Project is recognized around the world as a demonstration of the power of creativity to transform lives.
The Heidelberg Project offers a forum for ideas, a seed of hope, and a bright vision for the future. It's about taking a stand to save forgotten neighborhoods. It's about helping people think outside the box and it's about offering solutions. It's about healing communities through art—and it's working!