Detroit’s Heidelberg Project is a surreal outdoor art installation that began in 1986 by Tyree Guyton and Sam Mackey and has been continuously added to by other artists and residents. It includes houses that have been painted and decorated, as well as empty lots that have been filled with sculptures and even the trees and utility posts.
Several of the art houses have been demolished by the city and a few were victims of arson. The community is determined to keep the project going and visitor donations are helping the rebuilding process.
The main part of the Project is on one block of Heidelberg Street, but does spill over onto neighboring streets. Clocks, televisions, stuffed animals and toys, and shoes are some of the most frequently used items.
If you find yourself in Detroit, definitely make your way to the Heidelberg Project.