The Heidelberg Project

The Heidelberg project

The Heidelberg project

The Heidelberg project

The Heidelberg project

[quote]”My art is a medicine for the community. You can’t heal the land until you heal the minds of the people.” ~ Tyree Guyton[/quote]

Painter and sculpture Tyree Guyton (that’s him in the first picture, on the right) took matters into his own hands to create The Heidelberg Project – transforming Detroit’s East Side into an outdoor gallery in an effort to combat urban blight. His neighborhood has rows of houses brightly painted in myriads of patterns, shapes and forms; including one that has is literally plastered with soft toys. They’re all art installations in themselves.

Through his art, Guyton has drawn attention to the plight of Detroit’s forgotten neighborhoods and spurred discussion and action:

[quote] The HP works with neighborhood children to educate them on art, community and environment. These children walk to school past burned-out houses, rubble, debris, crime and decay. Our purpose is to offer them another view, another perspective – to positively change the environment the children see every day. In the process, we help build self-esteem, encourage cooperation and foster a sense of pride in their community. [/quote]

Who says that art can’t change the world?


Sponsor giveaway: Carla Sonheim

Carla Sonheim's giveaway!

If your Tuesday is looking a little drab, you’ve come to the right place. Oh yes, that’s right.

Courtesy of artist Carla Sonheim, you’ll be vying with lady luck to win not just one or two items, but three things, my friends. All three things to arrive via mail that will instantly perk up your week no matter where you are in the world (yes, it’s open to all!)

In conjunction with the launch of Carla’s latest book: Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals: A Mixed-Media Workshop, she’s giving away the book (retailed at USD$24.99) plus two limited edition prints worth USD$25 each; to ONE lucky reader.

All you’ve got to do is just leave your comments on this post – share with us the name (and quirks) of your imaginary friend/creature/animal when you were young. If you didn’t have one (I didn’t because I didn’t realize we could!) feel free to make something up – you know, sort of like the imaginary friend you never had!

Giveaway ends next week after Tuesday 30th October 2012!

*UPDATE:* The winner of this giveaway is Yvonne – and we’ve sent out an email to notify her! Thanks so much for commenting everyone!