The Hamtramck art collective Hatch Art
, using the local crowdfunding platform Patronicity, has launched a fundraiser to help save Hamtramck Disneyland
, the famous folk-art site started in the backyard of Ukrainian immigrant Dmytro Szylak.
Syzlak immigrated from Ukraine to Hamtramck with his wife in the 1950s. For the last 30 years of his life, he constructed and renovated the whimsical, vivid artwork that contains tributes to his new and past home countries.
Syzlak passed away last year, and his estate sold the artwork to Hatch Art in May 2016.
If they reach their goal of $50,000, Hatch Art will, according to the fundraiser, "repair and maintain the outdoor, site-specific folk art installation as well as establish an artist's residency program and gallery space."
The installation hasn't been properly cared for in some time and is indeed in need of numerous upgrades. "The garages that support the art suffer from rotten roofs and sagging structures," reads the fundraiser. "Much of the art is weathered, falling apart and in need of immediate attention to be saved."
The "Save Hamtramck Disneyland" fundraiser ends August 20.