Tyree Guyton has been a pioneer in urban renovation with the Heidelberg project since the mid eighties and it’s already world famous, but how to resist taking a few more pictures of such an interesting installation. Several people came by while we were there to wander through and do the same, even a police officer! Obviously the reasons that led to this amount of open space available are not ones that anyone would repeat intentionally, but it definitely feels inviting if you like to intervene creatively in your surroundings. Such as in the work of Monica Canilao (although from California not Detroit) she also uses recycled materials, found objects and has a wonderful mural on Gratiot Avenue from last year.
Two of my favourite subjects… in one place! Last week we went to Detroit to discover something of the urban regeneration process underway there during Detroit Design Festival (celebrating the recent designation of Detroit as a UNESCO City of Design, first in the USA). In a very short visit we managed to see some urban farming in Corktown, the Heidelberg project, downtown Detroit, MOCAD and the Murals in the Market After Dark with the advice and company of Emily Jane Boeuf of USArt boutique.