The Heidelberg Project, was started in 1986 by the artist Tyree Guyton as a creative response to the blight and decay he saw in his neighborhood of Detroit. His work, using paint and salvaged objects he found on the street to decorate the houses in his neighborhood, turned the once-threatened area into a tourist destination.
Detroit's Heidelberg Project: Founder Tyree Guyton uses everyday, discarded objects to turn rundown buildings into works of art. But there’s more to the Heidelberg Project than simply brightening up one of the city’s many blighted neighbourhoods. It’s about educating people – especially children – about art and community, and transforming lives through the power of creativity.
photo by Scott Kreider. The Heidelberg Project is an art environment that spans 2 Detroit city blocks. Attaching found items on the walls of deserted homes, the heidelberg project transformed the structures into “gigantic art sculptures." The houses are still abandoned.
The Heidelberg Project, Detroit, Michigan. 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.