The Weird & Wonderful Animal House: Part of Detroit’s Heidelberg Project

animal-house-detroit (Image: Bob Jagendorf, cc-3.0)

The weird and wonderful ‘Animal House’ is one of a number of properties within a two-block area of Detroit’s East Side decoratively adorned with discarded objects. Part of what’s called the Heidelberg Project (read our full feature here), the run-down property has been transformed into a recycled art installation in a bid to educate young people about the importance of art and community.

Transforming lives through the power of creativity is the name of the game. According to the website, the Heidelberg Project aims to “provoke thought, promote discussion, inspire action and heal communities”.



animal-house-heidelberg-project-3 (Images: Gehad Hadidi 1, 2, 3 (website:, cc-nc-sa-3.0)

Explore more creative examples of urban interventionism here.

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