- The Heidelberg Project has been controversial in Detroit since its inception. It was dismantled twice in the 1990s by people serving in the Detroit government, who thought the project drew attention to the city’s struggles with urban blight.
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In 2016 Tyree Guyton announced that the Heidelberg Project would be dismantled "piece-by-piece in a very methodical way". The future project "Heidelberg 3.0", is referred to as an "arts-infused community." Potential plans include donating dismantled parts of the installation to museums, and converting the Dotty Wotty House into a museum.
Although not much else is known regarding the future of the Heidelberg Project, it seems its dismantling is at once an end and a beginning. Just as the degeneration of a Detroit neighborhood paved the way for an unexpected artistic masterpiece, the disassembly of the Heidelberg Project will make room for new and transformative creative efforts.
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Aug 15, 2016 · Detroit’s Iconic Heidelberg Project to Be Dismantled. The city’s beloved public art installation will be dismantled by the man who created it. By Nick Maf i. Photography by Getty Image s.
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Oct 17, 2016 · Supporters of the Heidelberg Project claim these demolition attempts were the result of the political ambitions of city officials, the fact that the Heidelberg Project has remained standing for so many years is emphatically representative of the very spirit of Detroit’s neighborhoods.
Aug 14, 2016 · The Heidelberg Project didn't take shape in its current form overnight and dismantling it won't take place overnight, said Dan Lijana, spokesman for the project. But it's changing with each passing...
Aug 15, 2016 · In a huge announcement yesterday, Mark Stryker of the Detroit Free Press reports that the Heidelberg Project, Detroit’s best known public art installation, will be dismantled in the coming years,...
Aug 22, 2016 · Tyree Guyton, the artist who created Detroit’s world-famous Heidelberg Project, has revealed in an interview that he plans on dismantling the project over the next two years, with the goal of transforming it into a larger-scale arts-infused community project. Heidelberg 3.0, or so it will be called, will be a positive change for the community, according to Guyton. “After 30 years, I’ve decided to take it apart piece-by-piece in a very methodical way, creating new realities as it comes ...
Dec 28, 2016 · That garnered headlines. "Detroit's iconic Heidelberg Project to be dismantled," The Detroit News announced. During a conversation with Whitfield and Guyton, they explained that the Heidelberg ...