Artist: Tyree Guyton
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said "We are all the same color on the inside" and inspired Guyton to create this celebratory statement of color. The polka dots are a symbol "celebrating the diversity of our city, our nation and our world. The Polka Dot House is our foundation for "universal harmony". The Polka-dot house is also a dedication to Guyton's late grandfather and first teacher, Sam Mackey, a renowned artist who lived in the house and worked side by side with Guyton. Our ultimate goal is to dedicate the Dotty Wotty House as a memorial to Sam Mackey. The Sam Mackey Museum will house memorabilia of the Heidelberg Project in its continuing struggle. Currently the artist's mother and family reside in this house and, although they enjoy the attention, they want to see the Sam Mackey Museum become a reality.