About 45 miles east of Ann Arbor, on Detroit’s east side.
An open-air art environment using everyday, discarded objects to create a two-block area full of color, symbolism, and intrigue.
Tyree Guyton started the work 1986 as a creative response to blight and decay in the neighborhood where he grew up.
To develop the area into a “funky” artistic cultural village by transforming and renovating vacant houses into stimulating works of art. Each structure will host art and educational classes.
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STEWARDS > FALL 2013
Sense has not been built, I keep the faith that it will,” he says of the project that he worked on for three years. “Beth was a major part of that reason because she had spent over a year, before I came into the picture, to build a trust with Jenenne, (Heidelberg Development Director) Sharon (Luckerman), and Tyree. Without that trust in her, I may not have been taken at much value.” The project became the focus of other SNRE student work, including a four-student master’s project team in 2011. They presented research and designs calling for expanding Heidelberg into a long-term vision for neighborhood redevelopment and laid the groundwork for the Cultural Village.Beth’s death took the SNRE community by surprise, and a May 2 memorial service in the Dana Building was ﬁlled with friends and colleagues. Students took a page from Beth’s’ “guerilla art” playbook and remade the building as a living piece of art.“I am myself amazed by the creativity that has evolved from our desire to comfort and care for Beth these last diﬃcult weeks,” said Dean Marie Lynn Miranda in a message to the SNRE community in announcing the passing. “But the notion that Beth once again unleashed creativity seems completely right. It’s what she has always done.” The University of Michigan Board of Regents recognized her passing and scholarly and teaching contributions at its May 16 meeting. “She sought to critically examine the role of public space design in democratic societies, human social relations, and cross-cultural communications,” the Regents’ memorial statement read. “A gifted teacher and dedicated mentor, Professor Diamond challenged her students to discover and practice the aesthetic, environmental, and societal elements of landscape design.”Erik Powers, a born-and-raised Detroiter, works as a merchandiser for Heidelberg. An urban planning student at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, he covets his role with the project. “I always wanted to be involved with an artistic organization,” he says, stopping to point a family toward a home recently transformed into a welcome center. “I wanted something more close knit. I wanted more of a family, something grassroots. This seems more personal.” This sense of community drew in Beth.“There were many, many things we did as we were preparing for this project that caused Beth to really dig her ﬁngers into the roots of what we were doing,” Jenenne says. “She had to come to a lot of understanding about how this community works or didn’t work.”“So much of what we are doing has absolutely nothing to do with building, and nothing to do with recycled materials, and nothing to do with art,” added Jenenne. “It has everything to do with resurrecting the human spirit and looking at what new possibilities exist, not only for the Heidelberg Project but people in general. That’s critical and still the most important part of our work.”Coming from a business world, Jenenne is used to navigating between creative artists and the so-called world of big business. So when it came to forging a relationship with the University of Michigan, she didn’t hesitate. “I thought they would have a lot of resources they could share with an organization like Heidelberg, and they did, rght down to helping us write a grant. And having students come out and volunteer and do things that would help move us further along.