In the early 1990s, artist Tyree Guyton held a gun to his head. He didn’t pull the trigger and instead created a world-renowned outdoor art exhibit. Now he’s ready for something new.
The eighth art-festooned house at the world-renowned Heidelberg Project was destroyed Sunday morning in yet another suspicious fire.
Investigators believe someone fire-bombed the Birthday Cake House on Heidelberg Street.
The ATF and Detroit’s arson squad are investigating the fires after the sixth house was destroyed by an intentionally set blaze.
Bidding ends today on two art-festooned houses and a vacant lot adorned with installations.
The nonprofit collected more than $50,000 for security last year, but that wasn’t enough.
Losing the three properties could break up significant sections of the project.
The Heidelberg Project said Guyton “has been affronted by some rather deceptive characters recently.”
“People are dumping money on him left and right but have no idea what he’s doing,” said a neighbor, whose house was burned in two arson fires targeting the Heidelberg Project. “It is pitiful.”
Although the nonprofit said its lone camera was destroyed in an arson, investigators set up hidden surveillance at the outdoor art project.