Listen to our conversation with Tyree Guyton, founder and creator of the Heidelberg Project.
Albums, polka-dots and teddy bears aren't typically what you see as exterior house decor, but they've become a staple on Heidelberg St. in Detroit as part of the Heidelberg Project. The project is an outdoor community art environment created by Tyree Guyton.
It began when Guyton was a student at the College for Creative Studies in the 1980s.
After a professor asked him what he wanted to achieve with his work, he had a vision.
"I was able to see using art as a medicine," said Guyton, "to take what was there and to transform it into something very whimsical."
Although the art installation's brainchild wasn't saying much about the fire, he was sending a message by standing out front of the house cleaning up what he could: He's standing strong and not going anywhere.
"Mother Teresa said, 'what you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build it anyway,' " Guyton said. "That's all I want to say."
He declined to say whether any suspects have been spotted on the organizations security cameras.
Old shoes may be brought to the Heidelberg Project office at 42 Watson in Detroit, MI 48201. The office is open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. The shoe collection will continue through mid-to-late March.
The Heidelberg Project is two blocks of art installations along Heidelberg Street on Detroit's east side.
Starting in 1986, artist Tyree Guyton converted abandoned houses along his street into pieces of art by painting them and installing various pieces of junk on the houses and up and down the street.