Magic Trash

Magic Trash

A Story of Tyree Guyton and His Art

Book - 2011
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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 everyday 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.
Publisher: Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, c2011
ISBN: 9781580893855
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Newton, Vanessa


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Oct 31, 2018

Anybody who makes art from vacuum cleaners is okay by me.

Sep 14, 2015

Excellent children's book about an under-recognized "outsider" artist and how he changes his community. Definitely buying a copy for my classroom!
-consumption and reusing/recycling
-art making and transformation
- a child who is different, and grows up to create something great
-community building
-also contains reference to Detroit economic depression & riots


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