Friday, August 12, 2016

Celebrate 30 Years of The Heidelberg Project at Inner State Gallery

The Heidelberg Project transformed a Detroit neighborhood into an iconic art installation. Tyree Guyton, the man behind the project, started it as " a creative response to ongoing blight and decay in the neighborhood in which he grew up". Over the last few decades, the installations have grown and changed throughout the years, covering abandoned homes and empty lots in stuffed animals, record albums, polka dots and more. Sadly, some of the homes within the project have been burned to the ground in the past few years, but that's not stopping the project and definitely is not stopping Tyree from making art.

Mr. Guyton has been an artist for years. He's a painter, a sculptor, and in our opinion, a visionary. His art and The Heidleberg Project make people think about social issues and the world we live in. His work gets people talking. And beginning this weekend you will be able to see even more of his work at the Inner State Gallery. Face-ology will feature his work and will also act as a fundraiser for The Heidelberg Project. This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the project, and this showcase is just one way they are celebrating this anniversary.

The show will open to the public this Saturday, August 13th with an artist reception from 7-10 p.m. Admission to the reception is free. If you can't attend on Saturday, there are a couple of other events that you might want to check out. On Friday, August 19th Inner State will host a shop talk with Tyree, Olayami Dabls, Carlos Nielbock and Bob Sestok from 6-9 p.m. Then, on August 20th there will be a Heidelberg Block Party featuring 1XRUN Pop-up Boutique at the project. You can also check out the exhibition during regular gallery hours, which are Wednesday - Friday from 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

The Inner State Gallery is located at 1410 Gratiot Ave. in Detroit. The Heidelberg Project can be found just a few minutes down the road. Enter the address 3600 Heidelberg St., Detroit, MI 48207 to get to the neighborhood. Then follow the polka dots.

This will be an amazing exhibition that you do not want to miss. For more information, visit


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