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