Art Beats: Heidelberg Project
Art can really have a beat of your mood and actions. Especially, if you are in an open-air art environment in the heart of an urban community on Detroit’s east Side. Tyree Guyton, founder and artistic director, uses every day, discarded objects to create a two-block area full of color, symbolism, and intrigue. Now in its 27th year, the Heidelberg Project is recognized around the world as a demonstration of the power of creativity to transform lives.
Tyree Guyton’s Neoghborhoood Project
Meet Tyree Guyton
Tyree Guyton is an artist from Detroit, Michigan, born on August 24, 1955. He is married to Jenenne Whitfield and lives within Detroit city limits. Before becoming an artist, Guyton worked as a firefighter and an autoworker and served in the U. S. Army. Guyton studied art at Marygrove College, Wayne State University, and the Center for Creative Studies. Guyton counts his grandfather, Sam Mackey, and Detroit artist Charles McGee as his greatest influences.
Since creating the Heidelberg project with his grandfather in 1986, Guyton has received international recognition as an artist, educator, and community leader. Although he is an honorary director on the Heidelberg project board of directors, in recent years he has concentrated his efforts on his art exhibitions as well as on lecturing and teaching. In 2007, Guyton accepted a position teaching an honors program at the Wayne State University.
Tyree Guyton’s work has been installed and displayed across the world. Including a feature in 1999 by the United States Department of States in the Art, in Embassies Program with an exhibition in the American Embassy in Quito, Ecuador. Permanent installations of his work have been established in Sydney, Australia, at the Detroit Institute of Arts, and in Mount Vernon, New York.
In 1999, Tyree Guyton was the subject of an HBO Films documentary, “Come unto Me: The Faces of Tyree Guyton”. This film won numerous honors, including an Emmy Award for editing in 2000 and honorable mention at the Sundance Film Festival for director Nicole Cattell.
Be a Part of the Official Unofficial Detroit Anthem
Are you headed to Heidelberg Street? Stop into the Number House for questions, souvenirs, and smiling faces!
Artist, Tyree Guyton has used art to breathe new life into the run down, impoverished Detroit community of McDougall-Hunt. Since 1986, he began transforming vacant houses with recycled materials, found objects and paint. Other artists and community members have since joined in, making this neighborhood look like one big, crazy art installation. Videos on the HP Website take you beyond the colorful chaos, to look at the transformative power of art. Inspiring.