This house – which is currently featured on the front cover of the latest issue of +1 magazine – is part of the Heidelberg neighbourhood art project in Detroit, Michigan.


The Heidelberg Project, bearing the name of the street on which it exists, was started in 1986 by Tyree Guyton. Tyree was raised on Heidelberg Street and, at the age of 12, witnessed the tragic effect of the Detroit riots – from which he claims the City of Detroit never recovered. Armed with a paintbrush, a broom, and neighborhood children, Guyton, began cleaning up vacant lots on Heidelberg and Elba Streets.  From the refuse collected, Guyton began to transform the street into a massive art environment. Vacant lots literally became “lots of art” and abandoned houses became “gigantic art sculptures.”

This house is part of the Project…and I just wanted to share this image with you. It makes me want to go home and cover my own front door with numbers (though the post man might get a bit confused if I did)…or letters..or anything! But it looks wicked! It makes me wonder what the inside of the house is it just as wonderful..?

The Heidelberg Project continues to exist, evolve, and grow – providing hope and inspiration to the local community and the community of the world.