I’m not going to pretend that I understood the entire scope of the Heidelberg Project when I visited last month. I noticed recurring themes, I noticed all the rabbits (because of my daughter’s lovey), I noticed the Mickey and Minnie plush toys, and I noticed the doll parts — because doll parts have always been outrageously creepy to me. There were a few blatant political statements, some non-denominational religious symbolism and a lot of dots.
What I do understand is the idea behind the Heidelberg Project: taking something that people think is hopeless (in this case a neighborhood) and transforming it with art. Every city and state in America has a place that has been made a little better because of art, and the Heidelberg project is one of those places in Detroit, Michigan —a city many people have all but given up on over the last few decades. As I was brushing up on my Heidelberg knowledge, I read that one of the main installments, the OJ house, was burned to the ground October 5, 2013. The same house that was torched (on purpose) back in May of 2013. What the arsonist had against this house, I’m not sure anyone will ever know, but I know from visiting the Heidelberg Project that something will literally come from the ashes, just as it did after the fire in 2013.
Here’s a few shots from my visit to the Heidelberg Project in September, 2013:
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