The Heidelberg Project

09 Nov 2009


I am in Detroit.

I think I have a crush on Detroit.

Last night, I realized that I always fall for cities in a state of remix and change. Witnessed this in the economic rise of Mumbai, the empty spaces of Berlin, the shifting socio- cultural politics of CapeTown/Joburg. My previous life of urban planning has stuck with.


Detroit has become quite the media darling, rather than me add my two cents, I suggest you read this very smart essay from New Geography, and some snark from Viceland.


In the meantime, here are some pics from Tyree Guyton’s mind boggling Heidelberg Project.


The color and the scale reminds me of Niki de Saint Phalle’s Tarot Garden, built in empty Tuscany. Both pieces are simultaneously audacious and humble; both artists are defined by these singular works.


Both pieces are so emotionally open that walking within them is overwhelming. You see, but moreso, you feel.


I know I’ll be going back to Heidelberg tomorrow.