Detroit’s unique neighborhood art: The Heidelberg Project

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Detroit, Michigan is the place to find the Heidelberg Project, which has been described as a “Ghetto Guggenheim.” In 1986, local resident Tyree Guyton was fed up with the decay of his childhood neighborhood and decided to transform empty lots and abandoned houses into a colorful art environment by using discarded objects like toys, phones, and vehicle parts.

On its Facebook page, the project further explains, “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.”

Since its creation, the Heidelberg Project has become known as a must-visit attraction in the Motor City. Just look at these sights.

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People do live in many of these houses, which makes the project that much more amazing. Visitors are welcome to stop by the site at 3600 Heidelberg Street to see the creations and take photos. Just respect the neighborhood and avoid photographing the residents.




Some parts of the project are interactive. Look who’s on Heidelberg Television!




For much more detail on the Heidelberg Project, its mission, its history, and its place in the community, visit the outdoor environment’s official website.

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  1. Love it! Outdoor galleries are so much fun to explore. A fine example of someone choosing to “be the change you wish to see” – very inspirational. I have not been to Detroit but will make a point of visiting the Heidelberg Project when I do get to the Motor City!

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