Twelfth Arson Attack in 18 months at Visionary Detroit Art Installation
The Heidelberg Project, a singular and inspiring multi-block art installation in Detroit created over the space of nearly 30 years by Tyree Guyton, is under attack … again. The Heidelberg Project was recently included in The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s (TCLF) Landslide 2014: Art and the Landscape compendium of nationally significant works of land-based art that are threatened and at-risk. Last night Mr. Guyton’s creation was hit by an arson attack, the 12th in 18 months according to the local CBS affiliate. Six of the homes were demolished by the City of Detroit in the 1990s and now arsonists seem determined to finish off the rest.
Works of art are not all found in museums and galleries. There are not all the subject of headline making bidding wars and astronomical prices. Works of art are also places like the Heidelberg Project, joyful and idiosyncratic neighborhood-based creations by impassioned and visionary people like Tyree Guyton. Today, the Heidelberg Project needs your help and support. Share this story and do what you can to help prevent the destruction of Tyree Guyton’s artistic legacy.