Heidelberg Project

Detroit, Michigan

United States of America


3600 Heidelberg St.

Detroit, Michigan





Le projet Heidelberg est un projet d'art extérieur à Detroit, dans le Michigan. Il a été créé en 1986 par l'artiste Tyree Guyton et son grand-père Sam Mackey comme environnement d'art extérieur dans le quartier McDougall-Hunt du côté est de Détroit


À Detroit prenez 75 à Gratiot Ave, Continuez sur Gratiot pendant environ un mille, Heidelberg Street sera à droite. Tournez à droite et suivez tout droit. Vous entrez bientôt dans le projet Heidelberg!


The Heidelberg Project is an outdoor art project in the McDougall-Hunt neighborhood on Detroit's east side, just north of the city's historically African-American Black Bottom area. It was created in 1986 by the artist Tyree Guyton, who was assisted by his wife, Karen, and grandfather Sam Mackey ("Grandpa Sam"). The Heidelberg Project is in part a political protest, as Tyree Guyton's childhood neighborhood began to deteriorate after the 1967 riots. Guyton described coming back to Heidelberg Street after serving in the Army; he was astonished to see that the surrounding neighborhood looked as if "a bomb went off".

At first, the project consisted of his painting a series of houses on Detroit's Heidelberg Street with bright dots of many colors and attaching salvaged items to the houses. It was a constantly evolving work that transformed a hard-core inner city neighborhood where people were afraid to walk, even in daytime, into one in which neighbors took pride and where visitors were many and welcomed. Despite the area being characterized by high levels of blight and poverty, the evolving art work grew Tyree Guyton worked on the Heidelberg Project daily with the children on the block. He and director Jenenne Whitfield gave lectures and workshops on the project around the country. Their main goal was to develop the Heidelberg Project into the city's first indoor and outdoor museum, complete with an artists' colony, creative art center, community garden, amphitheater, and more. In 2005 the Heidelberg Project was awarded the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence silver medal.

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