Heidelberg Project erects Christmas tree for Winter Solstice Celebration on city’s east side

The eclectic Heidelberg Project, an artists’ playground in a rundown section of Detroit’s east side, is hosting a Winter Solstice party with a bonfire, harvest food and a tree lighting on Friday.

The Winter Solstice Celebration, from noon to 6 p.m., is expected to draw dozens of people to the urban experiment where abandoned properties have been transformed into¬†found-art installations at Heidelberg and Mt. Elliot. If you haven’t been there lately, the project has grown to include more houses and objects.

Special this year is a 40-foot Christmas tree that took three artists more than a week to decorate. Instead of a star or angel, the tree is crowned with a plastic human leg. Large candy canes and old shoes are hanging from the tree.

The tree will be lit up around 6 p.m.

The public is invited.

Visit their Facebook page for more information on the event.


Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.