Heidelberg Project

Public Art in Detroit

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Polka-dotted streets, houses covered in Technicolor paint blobs, strange doll sculptures in yards – this is no acid trip, but rather a block-spanning art installation. It's the brainchild of street artist Tyree Guyton, who wanted to beautify his run-down community. Which he did for more than 30 years. Now Guyton has announced he'll dismantle the project and put a cultural village in its place. He'll rehab the buildings into galleries and art workshop spaces, much like the current Numbers House, which holds exhibitions.

So it's an ever-evolving work in progress. Heidelberg is located about 1.5 miles from Eastern Market. Take Gratiot Ave northeast to Heidelberg St. The project spans from Ellery to Mt Elliott Sts in a rough neighborhood.