The Heidelberg Project Endures Another Loss From Arson


DETROIT, MI – The “Obstruction of Justice”, “House of Soul”, “The Penny House” Heidelberg Project-1and now the “War House” have been targeted by arson.  Within a matter of a few short weeks three structures have gone up in flames but a total of four in all.  No one has the right to destroy another persons property.  The Heidelberg is one of Detroit’s top tourist attractions.  Those who are responsible for this need to be brought to justice immediately.  Someone knows who is doing such evil to this beloved artwork.

The Heidelberg Project is an outdoor art project in Detroit, Michigan. It was created in 1986 by artist Tyree Guyton and his grandfather Sam Mackey (“Grandpa Sam”) as an outdoor art environment in the McDougall-Hunt neighborhood on the city’s east side, just north of the city’s historically African-American Black Bottom area.  Guyton and his grandfather started nailing found objects onto Heidelberg Street’s abandoned houses as an act of social protest and artistic expression. The outdoor art installation has become one of the city’s most important cultural magnets for locals and tourists.

The Detroit Arson Department is working with on the case with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The Detroit Arson Squad can be contacted at:

The Detroit Public Safety Foundation | 1301 Third Street, Suite 547 | Detroit, MI 48226 | 313-628-2160 or call 911 if you have any information that can solve these arsons.

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