The Heidelberg Project is an urban art initiative in the McDougall-Hunt neighborhood on Detroit's east side. The HP believes in the power of community; all citizens from all walks of life have the right to flourish in their communities and sustain themselves.
Artist Tyree Guyton created the Heidelberg Project in 1986, when he returned to the street he grew up on and saw the despair the neighborhood had fallen into. Drugs and poverty were rampant, and everywhere were abandoned homes and overgrown, vacant lots. Guyton, along with neighborhood children, began the process of cleaning up vacant lots on Heidelberg Street. He collected refuse and turned the street into an art community. Not only did he turn empty lots into "lots of art" and abandoned homes into art sculptures, but he also integrated the street, sidewalks, and trees into his larger than life installation.
Thanks to the passion and drive of Guyton, his work has inspired residents to take an interest in culture and art by patroning city institutions and getting involved in HP programs, festivals, and forums. Tours are offered to explore the history and vision of the Heidelberg Project, installations, and the philosophy of Guyton's work.
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