Connecting the Dots: Tyree Guyton’s Heidelberg Project from Wayne State University Press features the remarkable story of an artist’s quest to transform his urban neighborhood. Through essays from a variety of contributors , the book explores both the beginning of Tyree Guyton’s journey as an artist and his impact on his Heidelberg Street neighborhood in Detroit (see heidelberg.org). The book covers the controversies surrounding the project, the hopes of the artist, and a glimpse at the plans for the future. From the Wayne State Press page on the book:
In its twenty years of existence, the Heidelberg Project has inspired awe in visitors from around the world, drawn praise from the international art community, and provoked extensive discussions in its own backyard. In 1986, Tyree Guyton created the project with the idea of visibly transforming the environment of his decaying neighborhood, which was marred by crime, prostitution, and gangs. Using the materials around himâ€”cast-off toys, discarded car parts, and other debrisâ€”along with his trademark brightly colored polka dots, Guyton eventually transformed several houses and vacant lots on Heidelberg Street into the city’s most recognizable art environment and one of its leading tourist attractions.
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