A couple of artists create tiny doors and hide them around Atlanta, Georgia. They love watching the reactions of people as they first stumble upon them. "One of the best things about this project is the way that it inspires people to get out in Atlanta and it inspires other peoples' art. I've heard older folks just exclaim. I've heard kids squeal. I love that the project appeals to all different kinds of people," Sarah Meng, co-director of #TinyDoorsATL tells HLN.
Meng and fellow co-director Karen Anderson spend months toiling in their workshop crafting the perfect little doors that represent their community. Anderson moved to Atlanta from Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she was inspired by a project there that involved tiny fairies.
She and Meng just celebrated the grand opening of their seventh door last month. They chose to make a small replica of a door that leads into a local feminist bookstore called Charis Books. They pick locations that mean something to them and that support local businesses or causes. Elizabeth Anderson, executive director of Charis Circle, the non-profit arm of the bookstore is honored to share the space with a tiny door.
Anderson says, "We like to think of it from a book perspective. When you open a book, it's like opening a path to an imagination portal. That's kind of how I think about these doors, that it's a way into whatever you hope to find behind them. I think it's completely subjective and I think that's great. I think it's kind of a fun thing that whatever one might find behind them is a reflection of their own personal sense of imagination, adventure and excitement."
None of the doors open except one, which is built into a tree. The artists like to keep it that way, so that one can imagine whatever they think is behind the door. They also have some assistance from a tiny Rosie the Riveter action figure. She helps "build" the doors and attends all the ribbon-cutting ceremonies. Why? Because Karen Anderson says that she's a strong woman just like she and Meng are.
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