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Kadie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 03:41 PM
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Noted Detroit artist fills city block with shoes - story with pics
Originally published Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 7:46 AM

Noted Detroit artist fills city block with shoes
Tyree Guyton is best known for transforming a deteriorating Detroit neighborhood into a colorful, outdoor polka-dotted art gallery.

Associated Press

Called "Street Folk," Guyton's latest outdoor art installation populates an entire city block with sneakers, slippers, ski boots, wingtips and many other kinds of footwear.

Guyton's masterpiece, the Heidelberg Project, brought attention to Detroit's many vacant homes. "Street Folk" focuses on the city's homeless population.

"I live around the corner here, and so I see every day this church behind me, feeding people every Wednesday, and I knew I wanted to say something," he said. "And it came to me to talk about the plight of the people right here."

People from as far away as Egypt, Italy, Iraq and the United Kingdom sent in samples. Some included a handwritten note to explain their donation's significance.



Artist Tyree Guyton adjusts shoes at his "Street Folk" installation on Edmund Place in Detroit, Thursday, April 7, 2011. Guyton says "the shoes are a reflection of people, all going in different directions and yet they are all in the streets."

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