Thanks to some heartening efforts from Detroit’s eco-aware artists, the polka-dot-art movement is spiraling with the passage of time. As it could not have been possible to regain the constructional normalcy of the area, these artists are building upon what they have on their disposal: dreary urban facades, abandoned homes and dilapidated residences.
It all started 23 years back when Tyree Guyton rescued some stuffed animals and sneakers and rehabilitated them on Heidelberg Street. Later, Guyton transformed the entire landscape into a polka-dot-art gallery for fear that the structural remnants of abandoned buildings would add negatively to the already awful setting. His art is all about renewing degenerated Detroit houses by painting them bright orange and allow them some vibrancy by draping them in mirror shards and striking colors.
Another project headed by Clinton Snider sees “artistic possibilities in Detroit’s misfortune.” Snider, a painter by profession, has transformed the remnants of abandoned homes into a miniature house called House 365. Snider’s creation is a mobile home asking each “deed holder” to host the little (about five feet tall) wood-framed house for some period.