The Heidelberg Project is an outdoor art project that is located on Heidelberg Street, between Ellery Street and Mt. Elliot Street, on Detroit’s lower east side. The Heidelberg Project was started in 1986 by neighborhood resident Tyree Guyton. Tyree Guyton started the Heidelberg Project after seeing what had happened to his neighborhood on Heidelberg Street after he came back home from serving in the Army. He was sad to see that the surrounding neighborhood looked as if “a bomb went off.” Tyree Guyton was motivated to do something about it and that answer would become the Heidelberg Project.
The Heidelberg Project was a street full of various art displays. There were a variety of displays, on both sides of the street, including political messages, social justice views, financial statements, and just plain art. Some of the names of he displays are “The Dot House,” “The Numbers House,” “The Obstruction of Justice House,” “The Penny House,” “The Taxi House,” “Tree of Things,” and the “Industrial Gallery.”
In 2013 and 2014, many of the Heidelberg Project’s homes, structures, and galleries were destroyed by suspicious arson fire.
As of 2015, the Heidelberg Project is trying to rebuild and trying to expand projects beyond just the neighborhood.