Heidelberg 25

Heidelberg 25

March 31 - December 31, 2011

The Heidelberg Project, founded by artist Tyree Guyton and using art to “provoke thought, promote discussion, inspire action and heal communities...” is recognized as one of the most influential open-air art environments in the world.  From its early beginnings to its demolitions and subsequent rebirths, the Project illustrates the significance of one man's strength and determination to follow his dream, and is internationally known as a demonstration of how creativity can transform lives.  More than just a documentary, this exhibition is a celebration of the Heidelberg Project's 25th anniversary and the worldwide acclaim that it has garnered.


Twenty five years ago, a young man armed with a paintbrush and a broom set out to change his community.  Little did he know that his actions would ignite an art movement in Detroit that today is recognized around the world.


Tyree Guyton founded the Heidelberg Project in 1986 utilizing found objects and discarded materials and incorporating them into the landscape of the neighborhood where he was raised.  He declared that he had an epiphany and saw the possibilities of what his street, characterized by drugs and poverty, could become.


Guyton had no plan, no money, and few supporters.  His art was controversial and evoked many social and political battles.  Guyton’s work was twice demolished by the city of Detroit and put on trial all the way to the Michigan Supreme Court but through it all Guyton refused to quit.


Heidelberg 25 aims to take you on a journey exploring the ups and downs, the trials and tribulations, the hypocrisies and disparities, as well as the love, pain, joy and sacrifice necessary to continue this work. Heidelberg 25 endeavors to examine the Heidelberg Project and its progression over the years.  What are we learning?  How is it informing us?  What is the effect on the community?  What has it become and can it have a future in a post-industrial city?


Enjoy your journey...