“Party Animal house is gone. Charred remains cover the Detroit lot where nine fires destroyed six houses that make up much of the Heidelberg Project. Artist Tyree Guyton created the art installation in his decaying neighborhood where vacant lots surround the few houses that are left. His controversial statement about the effect of crime on the once lively neighborhood is made more ironic since the fire damaged a security camera that might have caught a suspected arsonist.

Over the past 28 years mostly-vacant houses and lots on Heidelberg Street were a colorful tourist destination drawing over 275,000 visitors annually. People came to a neighborhood they might usually avoid and stopped to take pictures of the fanciful, yet serious, cartoonish pop art of found objects. … One Saturday morning I found a local artist friend of Guyton’s set up with paper and brushes instructing neighborhood children on perspective and other drawing techniques as they created their own works of art.

Guyton has stated that although difficult, the destruction is ‘a new beginning’ or an evolution of the art.”

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