March held to support Detroit street art project

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DETROIT (AP) - Residents in an east side Detroit neighborhood and artists from across the region held a symbolic march Saturday to support the Heidelberg Project, the outdoor art installation that's been the target of at least eight suspicious fires.

The "Walk for Artistic Freedom" on the Heidelberg Project grounds was organized by ARISE Detroit! and held in conjunction with the two-block project's annual winter solstice event.

There have been no arrests related to the fires dating back to May but local and federal officials are investigating. Tyree Guyton founded the east-side project in 1986 as a response to urban decay.

Rochester art therapist Molly Murphy tells The Detroit News during Saturday's march that "the story of the Heidelberg Project is to transform something traumatic and negative into something positive."

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