Traverse City Record-Eagle

Michigan

November 23, 2013

Artist not deterred by Heidelberg Project fires

DETROIT (AP) — Artist Tyree Guyton says he's not deterred by a series of fires that have damaged or destroyed houses that help make up Detroit's outdoor Heidelberg Project art installation.

Guyton's remarks came Thursday night at a fundraiser that was planned before the latest fire destroyed the "Penny House," one of several buildings that he has converted into displays for art made from found objects.

Guyton says he wants to make something "bigger" and "better."

A fire official said Thursday that arson investigators identified a person of interest in the latest fire and one earlier this month that destroyed the installation's "House of Soul. Last month, a fire burned the project's "Obstruction of Justice House."

Project organizers want to raise $50,000 for additional security.

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