Sometimes, one of the most appealing things about the places we visit is watching them evolve over time. As the landmarks change, each visit feels like a brand new experience. At The Heidelberg Project in Detroit, Mich., you can rest assured no two visits to this open-air art installation will ever be the same.
What started as taking a stand against the poverty and deterioration that had overwhelmed artist Tyree Guyton’s childhood home, The Heidelberg Project has evolved into one of the quirkiest and most symbolic art projects in the country.
The art installation started in the 1980s with nothing more than painting bright and colorful dots on houses throughout the street, and taking salvaged items and transforming them into works of art. The goal? To turn a rundown neighborhood into a living art installation where residents could be proud of their homes.
Since its inception, The Heidelberg Project has certainly accomplished its mission. The homes and installations continue to evolve, ever adding recycled rubbish and colors to create symbolic and moving pieces of outdoor art.
The project is free to visit. Simply take a stroll down this residential street on the East Side and soak up the creativity that radiates from each of the colorful homes, stuffed animal-laden poles and salvaged cars.
Learn more about this installation at The Heidelberg Project’s website.
(Main image: Eva Blue)