This edition of Incredible Detroit features the Heidelberg Project, an outdoor community art environment. I went to see it for the first time last summer when I took a day to explore Detroit on my own. With so much to see and photograph, I was running out of memory! I remember standing by the Polka Dot House for 15 minutes trying to determine which photos wouldn’t make the cut so that I could finish exploring. It’s a good problem to have, though! I loved taking my time walking around to just absorb this community, which is certainly like no other.
About The Heidelberg Project
The Heidelberg Project is a unique and innovative art installment, which has created a community of art in a Detroit neighborhood, using everyday discarded and found items. You’ve never seen anything like it. 27 years ago, Tyree Guyton started to create thoughtful installments in the Heidelberg Street community as art to make a statement about current societal issues. The project tells the story of many Detroit neighborhoods, which have been abandoned and discarded. Heidelberg Project has gotten quite a bit of national attention, and the non-profit organization also serves to educate children and others in art, community, and environment. Recently, the Heidelberg Project has become a tourist destination, attracting daily visitors from all over.
In the project, you will find houses painted and decorated with varying designs and discarded items, as well as smaller displays of items in the empty lots. This open air exhibit offers a rich, vibrant display with almost endless things to discover. Sadly, in May 2013, a fire destroyed part of one of the installments, the Obstruction of Justice (OJ) House. But, Tyree isn’t spending his days mourning the loss, but rather working to make it something new. I LOVE his positive attitude! How wonderful to make something new and better out of the damaged and destroyed. Of course, he can’t do it alone, and hundreds of generous donors have already given over $15,000 to help bring his new vision to fruition. What a community!
Have fun exploring the Heidelberg Project with me. Remember that one of these photos is a free desktop wallpaper download and the end of the post. Enjoy!
Note: I edited these photos with an amazing photoshop action, called Rainbows & Butterflies, from my lovely and talented friend, Katelyn, of KMC Photography. You can snag the actions for yourself at her website, and be in awe of her beautiful photography. Gorgeous!
Desktop Wallpaper Download
Please enjoy this free download of a Heidelberg Project desktop wallpaper. Simply click the download for the wallpaper to fit your screen to start the download.[wpdm_file id= 16] [wpdm_file id= 17] [wpdm_file id= 18] [wpdm_file id= 19] [wpdm_file id= 20]
What do you think of the Heidelberg Project? What is the most interesting or unique art work you have ever encountered? Join the conversation below!
Have a delightful day!