Dozens hold vigil after Heidelberg Project fire

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DETROIT (AP) - Dozens of people joined artist Tyree Guyton for a candlelight vigil at the site of the latest fire at the Heidelberg Project in Detroit.

Guyton says the destroyed houses “served their purpose” and no longer hold sentimental value for him. He says “You see the smile on my face” and promises he’ll be “coming back greater than before.” reports ( ) participants sang and shared spontaneous prose Thursday night.

A March 7 fire destroyed a house covered in stuffed animals and dolls that was part of the Heidelberg Project. It was the latest casualty in a 10-month string of suspicious fires at houses that are part of the interactive outdoor art installation.

Guyton founded the Heidelberg Project on Detroit’s east side in 1986 as a response to urban decay.

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