Ok, so we all know that I love to recycle....mainly textiles... but not exclusively. I'm a happy camper any time I'm around cast off or thrown away materials, before of after being turned into something else. I get especially excited when it's turned into some type of art.
Well, Tyree Gyton of Detroit has been doing it for decades. His Heidelberg Project is an ever changing landscape of shoes, grocery carts, doll pieces, vacuum cleaners, bent and mangled metal, cinder blocks and so much more.... all whimsically assembled to create art that gives the viewer either the giggles or pause to think about the message.
I recently spent a morning there with a local high school art class. The purpose was to expose the kids to various types of art and materials... and think about what they could create themselves. So the message is that you don't have to have big money to create art, just an imagination and some found objects.
Here is a peek at our morning.
|at the beginning|
|not sure what to do with all those old records?|
|hello, hello. anyone home?|
|yipes. who put those shopping carts up there?|
|the middle of the shopping cart tree|
|charred beams from an abandoned house|
|medical folk create art & make statements too..|
|Detroit's in trouble...this says it all|
|hmmm, there's still empty space up top|
|do you know what time it is in the D? take that Flavor Flav|
|coming and going,|
every sidewalk is painted with faces & crosses
I'll keep you posted.