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Tyree Guyton’s  Heidelberg Project – will rise from the ashes, again and again

Tyree Guyton’s Heidelberg Project – will rise from the ashes, again and again

Tyree Guyton’s Heidelberg Project is still the best known, thanks to the millions of polka dots with which he’s blanketed his neighborhood. Trees, houses, streets and sidewalks all dotted up in a downtrodden part of town he’s determined to help heal through the power of art.

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Detroit's Tyree Guyton to put 10,000 shoes on Heidelberg Street

Detroit's Tyree Guyton to put 10,000 shoes on Heidelberg Street

Tyree Guyton is planning to cover a street in Midtown for several weeks as part of a series showcasing the works of Kresge art fellows next month. The medium? Shoes. “I think it’s going to take 10,000,” he said Wednesday. The Heidelberg Project, a nonprofit…

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Coloring Detroit

Coloring Detroit

This article is part of a special series of web articles to celebrate the launch of Issue 29 of Next American City, which is entirely devoted to two “Comeback Cities”: New Orleans and Detroit. This week we will feature magazine content from that issue, as…

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Heading home…the longest bridge in the western hemisphere & miniature golf diner

Heading home…the longest bridge in the western hemisphere & miniature golf diner

Did you know that the Mackinac Bridge is the longest bridge  (with a bunch of asterisks) in the western hemisphere?  Almost 5 miles long, and the dividing point between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron… and the point in which I bid the Rare Visions guys a…

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Legs Inn, Polish restaraunt & folk art environment to behold

Legs Inn, Polish restaraunt & folk art environment to behold

OK, I am not known for grace and agility, and sometimes I get distracted when I am going too fast…and today proved to be a perfect storm of clutziness meets distraction.  As I was loading the rover with my gear, I sat my car key…

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Tom Moran's Northern Michigan Masterpieces

Tom Moran's Northern Michigan Masterpieces

There is that moment on a roadtrip that you realize that you have completely shed any semblance of order and home routine…in my case, makeup (who has time in the morning?), dietary considerations (jalapeno potato chips and coffee are NOT good mid-morning snacks, no matter who says…

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The Art of Dewey Blocksma

The Art of Dewey Blocksma

There is something about Michigan that I love…maybe it’s because it can’t be a “drive-thru” state, (those pesky great lakes flanking it makes it hard), but there is an authentic aura that is everywhere.  Gentrification hasn’t taken over the resort areas, people are genuinely friendly,…

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Kaleva Bottle House and Joe McCuaig's art

Kaleva Bottle House and Joe McCuaig's art

Another art-filled day!  Once the sun broke through, we were treated with a wonderful view of the Kaleva Bottle House and visit with self-taught artist, Joe McCuaig.  Kaleva Bottle House—John Jacob Makinen, Sr. 1871-1942 14551 Wuoski Avenue Kaleva, Michigan Completed: 1941 (he died before he…

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Tom and Melissa D's grand art in Grand Rapids, MI

Tom and Melissa D's grand art in Grand Rapids, MI

It started out sunny and nice, then turned to a cold rain, then back to sunny and nice.  Ahhh, springtime in the midwest.  After a rainy start at a small lakeside church for a soggy photo op, we headed to Grand Rapids, MI to meet…

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Finding the "lost" murals of Clarence "Charlie" Hewes

Finding the "lost" murals of Clarence "Charlie" Hewes

Today started a bit rough, as a migraine sidelined me while the guys headed on to see the trabajo rustico bridges of McCourtie Park.  Reports are that the 17 bridges are among the best that they have ever seen.  Be sure to read Randy’s blog…

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