Adventure · City Planning

The Heidelberg Project | Detroit, MI

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I am almost finished with wrapping up my trip to Detroit! I have one more post to share from my trip after this one, that will be up tomorrow. I visited The Heidelberg Project the first time I went to Detroit in October of 2013 (you can see the Traveling Toms post here). I was in love with the unique form of public art in the residential area of inner Detroit. When I visited the first time, some people did not react the same way as I did. They thought the art was disgusting and that it was trash, which is disappointing. Several of Detroit’s inner ring neighborhood’s have been suffering since the crash of the auto industry in Detroit, and it’s evident of that today even with some revitalization efforts. This public art projects serves as a form of revitalization, and cheers up a street that could have sat vacant and depressed. Tyree Guyton, a Detroit native, is the artist behind the project.

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As you can tell, I was eager to get back to HP after visiting. I really wanted to show Chase the project, so when I found out my club was going to Detroit, I knew we had to go. We explored the project after we had brunch with our friend who was hosting us. It was a bit upsetting for me to go back because I knew since I last visited that there had been several arson attacks. The House of Soul (above) was one of the houses destroyed by arson since my last visit. House of Soul was where I took my Traveling Toms photos when I visited the first time, and I was devastated when I heard it was destroyed by arson about a month after I first saw it (see a news article here). To my knowledge, there has not been any arson attacks on the project recently. I like how the  HP community restored House of Soul, I believe it shows their strength in the times of trouble.

I would highly recommend visiting The Heidelberg Project if you are ever in Detroit! If you have been, I would love to hear what you thought. I will be sharing some photos of kitties that we saw at HP tomorrow, so stay tuned for that. Have a great Tuesday!

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