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Fire Destroys Yet Another House At The Heidelberg Project

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DETROIT (WWJ) – Another structure that’s part of Detroit’s Heidelberg Project outdoor art installation has been destroyed by fire. The latest target of vandals: the Clock House.

Including Sunday night’s fire, there have been at least eight fires at various structures since early May. Those other fires destroyed or damaged “The War Room,” the “Penny House,” the “House of Soul,” and the “Obstruction of Justice.”

Heidelberg Project

Clock House (credit: Pat Sweeting/WWJ)

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Federal authorities have determined that each fire was the work of an arsonist, and they’re now offering a $5,000 reward in the case. AFT agents are working with Detroit investigators to find who’s responsible for setting the fires.

Artist Tyree Guyton and Heidelberg supporters, meanwhile, have introduced patrols and other security measures to combat arson.

The Heidelberg Project — an exhibit that converts abandoned homes into art — is a popular destination for locals and visitors, and has been featured in numerous films and TV shows. Artist Tyree Guyton has described the project as an open-air art environment where discarded objects are used to create a two-block area full of color, symbolism and intrigue.

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