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Noted Detroit artist fills city block with shoes


DETROIT (AP) -- Detroit artist Tyree Guyton is known for dotting his home city's sometimes bleak exterior with colorful polka dots.

Now, a quarter-century after creating his signature outdoor installation, the Heidelberg Project, Guyton again is using the Motor City as his canvas.

This time, instead of applying a paint brush to a series of vacant homes, he's focusing on something much smaller: shoes.

Lots of shoes.

Guyton and an army of volunteers have been painting the footwear and populating a city block with it.

The project is being called "Street Folk." It's to be unveiled on Thursday just outside of downtown.

Guyton says "the shoes are a reflection of people, all going in different directions and yet they are all in the streets."



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