State House designates December as Heidelberg Project month

Detroit-based artist Tyree Guyton Honored for 30 Years of Changing Lives Through Art

LANSING —The Michigan House of Representatives honored Detroit-based artist Tyree Guyton and the Heidelberg Project today with a resolution declaring December 2016 Heidelberg Project Month in Michigan

Rep. Leslie Love (D-10) presented the tribute recognizing Guyton for changing the urban landscape where he grew up on Detroit’s East Side from a decaying neighborhood to one of the most recognizable living art displays in the world. 

“The colorful but massive art project incorporated not just vacant lots and abandoned homes into the project, but Guyton incorporated the street, sidewalks and trees into his mammoth art installation. Vacant lots literally became “lots of art” and abandoned houses became “gigantic art sculptures.”

Guyton and Heidelberg Project Executive Director Jenenne Whitfield issued a joint statement in accepting the tribute. 

“Words cannot express our true appreciation for this tribute.  We are deeply grateful to Representative Leslie Love for acknowledging and honoring the effort we have made in our city for the last thirty years.  As conversations about race, inclusion, and equity persist, we believe that this tribute exemplifies Detroiters’ contributions to our city’s resurgence.  We plan to continue our work and look forward to partnering with city, civic and business leaders to help take the Heidelberg Project to an even greater level with Heidelberg 3.0.

Founded in 1986, The Heidelberg Project is a Detroit-based community organization that has used art as a catalyst to breathe life into the community, transforming detritus into public, outdoor art installations. Celebrating 30 years of excellence in 2016, the Heidelberg Project is commemorating each year with a month-long series of community events to preserve the legacy and lay the groundwork for Guyton’s new groundbreaking vision, Heidelberg (HP) 3.0.

Announced in August, Heidelberg 3.0 is a new direction to transform the Heidelberg Project from an art installation driven by one man into a thriving arts and culture village.  In October, Guyton announced a campaign to restore the iconic “Numbers House,” one of only two original Heidelberg Project houses still standing.  HP 3.0 is expected to evolve as the Heidelberg Project continues engaging the City of Detroit, neighborhood residents and stakeholders along with its generous supporters and partners.