Magic Trash

A Story of Tyree Guyton and His Art

Shapiro, J. H.

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Magic Trash
Vacant lots. Abandoned houses. Trash--lots of trash. Heidelberg Street was in trouble! Tyree Guyton loved his childhood home--that's where his grandpa Sam taught him to "paint the world." So he wanted to wake people up... to make them see Detroit's crumbling communities. Paintbrush in hand, Tyree cast his artistic spell, transforming everday junk into magic trash. Soon local kids and families joined Tyree in rebuilding their neighborhood, discovering the healing power of art along the way. This picture book biography of Tyree Guyton, an urban environmental artist, shows how he transformed his decaying, crime-ridden neighborhood into the Heidelberg Project, an interactive sculpture park. The story spans from Tyree's childhood in 1950s Detroit to his early efforts to heal his community through art in the 1980s. Tyree's awards include Michigan Artist of the Year and International Artist. Magic Trash offers strong themes of working together, the power of art, and the importance of inspiring community--especially kids--to affect action. The Heidelberg Project is internationally recognized for providing arts education to children and adults and for the ongoing development of several houses on Heidelberg Street. Not only does the Heidelberg Project prove that when a community works together it can rebuild itself, but it also addresses the issues of recycling, environmentalism, and community on a global level. This book is good for your brain because: Biography, Environmentalism, Art Appreciation, Community 50% of the author's proceeds are being donated to the Heidelberg Project.

Publisher: Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, c2011
ISBN: 9781580893855
Branch Call Number: j 709.2 G992s 2011 Beginning Facts
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill. ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Brantley-Newton, Vanessa


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Tyree transformed his neighborhood with art. This is the story of how he did it.

Eye-popping illustrations trace the life of Tyree Guyton and his visionary artwork, which used reclaimed trash to turn a derelict Detroit street into community-activist art.

Empty houses and trash, trash, trash, filled Tyree Guyton’s neighborhood, so he got out his paint brush and turned the neighborhood into art. RL 3.4 700L

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