Andrew and I went to The Heidelberg Project on an overcast weekday with only a few people filtering through the landscape. Our experience was was quiet, at our own pace, but I’ve heard that on busy days the whole block can be bustling with people. The Heidelberg Project in Detroit is a massive art environment created by Tyree Guyton with a mission “to inspire people to appreciate and use artistic expression to enrich their lives and to improve the social and economic health of the greater community.” It’s a tremendous installation with a long timeline of how art can truly combat poverty and blight and heal communities. The whole block, which seems to be constantly evolving, was a visual adventure… joyous sensory overload. I was profoundly pleased to be surrounded by so much color, so much texture.
A woman in a car pulled up to where we were roaming around one of the lots… Her son was in the passenger seat. We had a friendly exchange and she asked if we were from the area–“No, we’re both from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania!” She glanced back at her son and said, “See! People travel from all over the place to come here!” She turned to us again, “I used to live in this neighborhood a long time ago and I just wanted to bring my son here. I want him to understand the power of art.”
Everything is awesome.