THE HEIDELBERG PROJECT
Heidelberg Project is a non profit organization on Heidelberg Street, in Detroit, supporting the arts as a way to recover the city. Detroit is a tough, demanding, hard working city that leaves little room for feelings, chilled by the very low temperatures.
In this algid atmosphere, however, there is a heart that throbs more than others with warmth, creativity, ingeniousness and love for his own country.
Originating from an idea of Tyree Guyton, it brings together in 2 blocks the work of several artists. They work mainly with materials that they find within the ruins of old buildings or discarded objects, including clothes, cars, small pieces of iron or wood.
More information on www.heidelberg.org.
AN OPEN AIR MUSEUM
The result is an open air museum, where the kids from the neighborhood play, learn about art and help the artists in the preparation and maintenance of the works.
Parajumpers has decided to support the Heidelberg Project in its attempt to preserve the future of the people involved, improving their life but also allowing them to create freely… The result is a collection of pictures shot on marvelous Heidelberg Street, in the incredibly fascinating city of Detroit.
What Parajumpers and HP’s artists have in common is their mission. Guyton, in fact, wishes to give a future to the people involved in the project by using art. Like Tim Burke, Moses, Kate Moss and many others, recovers the ruins of old buildings, disused objects, thrash in general, cars’ parts, iron and wood bits to create works of art which he displays in the street, as if in a huge museum in the open air. Taking its cue from the motto of 210 Rescue Squadron men, tough, brave Alaskans committed to save other people’s lives, Parajumpers says “May other people live!”, and, as far as HP is concerned, may they live and create freely.