Community Revitalized, Detroit’s Heidelberg Project Makes For A Great Weekend Idea

on September 10, 2013

Heidelberg Project

While Heisenberg has been getting a lot of attention because of the imminent end of AMC’s Breaking Bad, a community in Detroit with a similar name is also worth paying attention to.

The Heidelberg Project (3600 Heidelberg St Detroit MI) is an outdoor art display in Detroit, MI. The Project was created in 1986 by artist Tyree Guyton and his grandfather Sam Mackey. It serves as a political art statement to detail Guyton’s experiences after he returned from serving in the army in 1967. During that time, Heidelberg Street was terrorized by riots and post-war melees.

Guytan began by painting a series of houses with bright colored dots and then attaching salvaged items to the houses. This was in an effort to draw attention to the rampant crime and vandalism that was taking place and to serve as a deterrent.

Eventually, Guyton’s work transformed the crime-riddled inner-city neighborhood where residents were even afraid to walk at night into a bright artistic vision where visitors were welcomed. Tyree Guyton eventually invited neighborhood children to help him work on the project with the main goal being to turn The Heidelberg Project into an indoor and outdoor museum with a creative art center, garden, amphitheater and more.

For more information, visit Heidelberg.org

  • Tim Burke

    THIS IS NOT THE HEIDELBERG PROJECT THIS IS MY STUDIO GALLERY ON HEIDELBERG STREET FOR THE LAST 15 YEARS HOW DID YOU MISS THE 3 FOOT BY 3 FOOT SIGN RIGHT ON THE FRONT OF MY HOUSE IT READS DETROIT INDUSTRIAL GALLERY WITH MY NAME TIM BURKE ON IT AND MY PHONE NUMBER, YOU ARE HELPING TO FOSTER THE FALSE NARRATIVE THAT MY WORK IS THE WORK OF TYREEE GUYTON AND THE HEIDELBERG PROJECT AND IT’S NOT, REMOVE THE PHOTO OF MY COPYWRITTEN ARTWORK FROM THIS ARTICLE NOW!

  • Tim Burke

    DO A SEARCH http://www.detroitindustrialgallery and you will see that this is my property not the heidelberg project.