Yes, these are stuffed animals hanging on a house. You aren’t seeing things.
I had heard about The Heidelberg Project and decided to go explore it myself. It is named after the street it is on, Heidelberg St. in Detroit. It sits in one of the worst parts of the city. I won’t go into the details of how it came to be and why. You can read all about it on the Heidelberg website & here. I will however invite you to explore it with me, via these shots.
Some people happened to be shooting a video of sorts that day. It was nice to have company since the streets were pretty void of humans and Detroit has its cast of characters always roaming the streets. It is not necessarily dangerous, but trust your instincts and don’t put yourself in a bad situation. You’ve been warned.
There was so much to see everywhere. So many details. The street art collection is always changing, with things being added and detracted, but the main structures remain.
Cars seemed to be represented all over the properties, and they were boards propped up with painted cars on them.
This was my favorite house. So much to see. I have photo vignettes with close ups in the 3 photos below.
The street itself was even part of the art. Polka dots painted in the streets and on the sidewalks.
A boat full of stuffed animals aptly named Noah. Alot of religious themes are thread through out the different houses and art. It’s interesting to pick up on them.
The “Penny Car” below, has pennies glued all over. Funny enough, the car also has a Santa inside, and sticking out the back with a toilet seat.
Need to make a call? No problem. Pick a phone up. It’s not connected to anything. Reminds me of Alanis Morissette: “Nobody callin’ on the phone, except for the Pope maybe in Rome”.
Signs with ironic and warning messages are everywhere. Read the one with the lady in the background.
Want to go see it for yourself? Get some Directions to the street (not to be confused with the museum address). It really is a must see in Detroit. Lots of amazing art that really gets you thinking. Some tips on visiting are: don’t go alone, go in a group and use common sense. Always follow your gut and don’t do anything stupid, and of course go in the day. While you can see alot of it from the car, you will miss the little details unless you walk up to the houses. I can’t wait to go again soon. It is really a gem, grab your cameras and go!
It’s a cat eat mouse world…or is it? Graffiti art done by Fel3000Ft and found in Detroit on Michigan Ave and 14th St. It is located on the back of the building across from Slows. You can enter the alley off of 14th st, south of Michigan Ave. Some other graffs are next to it to. Stop by when your in the area.
Have some graffiti to recommend, shoot me a tip!
The Whitney in Detroit is a magnificent mansion. The Whitney restaurant food is nothing earth shattering as you can read in my Whitney Review. But, the mansion is self is amazing and fun to tour. You can read about the history of the place. I’m so glad it is run as a restaurant so that it has been kept around and so well maintained. Each room is a new surprise, and here are some photos of it inside out…
So much detail in the ceilings and floors…
The dining rooms each have a different style.
Tiffany glass windows…
Go see the place yourself, you would wish you lived there!
Sintex has made a name for himself on the streets of Detroit. Literally. You can find his tags across from Slows and past the bridge next to the train depot.
I’m sure many of you have seen his work and not even known it. If you have been to Oslo he has a flower mural in there.
What is great about his work, is he does these amazing portraits in addition to traditional graffiti. He is a graphic designer by trade and it shows through his art.
This last picture is one of my favorites. I love the Detroit skyline in the back drop and the colors are spot on.
Have a tip on a piece I should cover? Let me know in the comments with locations and descriptions.
Many days, we cruise Detroit for fun. Old architecture, historic churches, and very colorful graffiti begs for attention at every turn. I realize not everyone can make it downtown, or even to an urban setting, so live vicariously my friends. I am starting a new section on MiraUncut showcasing some of the best Detroit architecture, graffiti and art. Have a tip on some killer street art? Drop a line at mirauncut[at]gmail[dot]com.
Enjoy the video! And please double click to expand. Its much better that way.
The Pictured Rocks in Munising have been on our minds for over a year ever since we heard about them from a seasoned hunter. A quick Google search revealed these massive cliffs, of all different colors. We were definitely hooked. It got a prominent position on our “To Go” list. We finally made the trek up north this summer to the UP, or for you non-michiganders, the Upper Peninsula. It was a world wind tour and I am so glad I caught some of it on video, because reliving it is priceless.
We decided to do a kayaking tour. We have no outdoor skills or experience and did not want to brave it on our own. Lake Superior is a beast, and will freeze you into an icicle in a blink.
When we got there, it was pretty foggy that morning so we had to wait a few hours before pushing out. After we got on the water it was all ooohs, and ahhs. It truly is gorgeous and a must see up close if you ask me.
Michigan truly has alot of gems, both hidden and visible, but it is locations like the Pictured Rocks that make it exotic. Yes, Michigan is exotic. For anyone that says otherwise, you are a boring person that has not stepped out of your shell, and have not looked beyond the confines of the major cities. Explore, live and learn.