02 Aug '11, 1pm

A powerful statement in the form of urban folk art: Detroit's amazing Heidelberg Project

A powerful statement in the form of urban folk art: Detroit's amazing Heidelberg Project

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. "...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/kbenfield/a_powerful_ur...

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