Renovation starts on part of Detroit's Heidelberg Project

Posted at 12:41 PM, Oct 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-10 12:50:17-04

The Heidelberg Project in Detroit says work has begun to renovate one of the outdoor art installation's remaining original structures.

Jenenne Whitfield, president and CEO of the Heidelberg Project, says in a statement Tuesday that the work on the Numbers House marks "the beginning of a new era for the Heidelberg Project."

The renovated house will feature an artist-in-residence program; a new studio and gallery for emerging artists; and an education and event space for neighborhood events and youth programming.

The Heidelberg Project last year launched a capital campaign called "Heidelberg 3.0" after homes decorated by artist Tyree Guyton were targeted by arson since 2013.

Guyton founded the Heidelberg Project in 1986 in response to urban decay. He announced in 2016 that he was planning to mostly take it down.