To abandoned city-owned houses and in weedy vacant lots on the street where he grew up, artist Tyree Guyton applies and installs discarded urban junk—a Superman shirt, a casket, a telephone booth, car parts, cast-off toys, baby dolls, and the like. The results are bright assemblages known as The Heidelberg Project. They include Dotty Wotty House, the House That Makes Sense, Numbers House, and the House of Words. The works transform the street into a work of art. They attract so many people to the crime- and drug-infested neighborhood area that the street is safe again. Despite demolitions called for by the city, the artist has rebuilt, exhibited, and received numerous awards. Born in Detroit in 1955, Guyton studied at the Center for Creative Studies and taught at Northern High School.
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