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Public Art in Detroit echoes Torres show in Cambridge

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  • José Luis Torres: La Colección. Installation Shot. Cambridge, Ontario. May 2014
    José Luis Torres: La Colección. Installation Shot. Cambridge, Ontario. May 2014
  • Obstruction of Justice (OJ) House. Heidelberg Project. Detroit, Michigan
    Obstruction of Justice (OJ) House. Heidelberg Project. Detroit, Michigan
  • Penny Car. Heidelberg Project. Detroit, Michigan
    Penny Car. Heidelberg Project. Detroit, Michigan
  • House of Soul. Heidelberg Project. Detroit, Michigan
    House of Soul. Heidelberg Project. Detroit, Michigan

Phil R. | June 18, 2014

La colección is a large scale, community driven public art project by José Luis Torres, an Argentinean artist currently living in Quebec. Developed for Cambridge, this public artwork is comprised of found and donated materials reconfigured into a monumental assemblage of a collective memory. Constructed as a site specific installation within the Melville Courtyard, the work integrates fragments of the present daily life of the community contrasted by the industrial architecture of the site. The show opened May 31 and runs to August 16.

If Torres’s public art interests you make sure you check out this public art display in Detroit.

Twenty seven years ago, artist Tyree Guyton returned to his old neighbourhood on Detroit’s East Side, and found it in shambles. Armed with a paintbrush, broom and neighbourhood children, Guyton and his Grandfather began cleaning up vacant lots. From the refuse they collected, Guyton transformed the street into a massive art environment.

This mammoth installation has become the Heidelberg Project, a Detroit-based community organization designed to improve the lives of people and neighbourhoods through art. The organization provides art and education for students, community development, and a tourist destination for people interested in seeing community art created on a grand scale.