10 Jul 2011

The Heidelberg project

The Heidelberg project was started 25 years ago by artist Tyree Guyton in Detroit. Crime and drugs were so high in the area, that the neighbourhood was being destroyed. Guytons idea was to make the area as outrageous as possible, attracting attention that criminals shunned. Houses were painted in giant multi-coloured dots or bright colours and surreal sculptures were created out of everyday objects and installed along the street - whether it be clocks hanging from trees or a collection of hoovers poised for action in a garden. By reclaiming the area, crime plummeted and the neighbourhood became a tourist attraction! An inspiring tale.