Thursday doors – 6 August 2020

Doors 118 – more archive doors

I still haven’t been out much lately so there aren’t too many new doors to write home about, although these little doors in a street nearby caught my eye. The great thing about people having to stay at home is that they get creative.

These little doors on the front garden wall of a family home are unlikely to have ever happened in normal circumstances. They made me laugh.

Little doors on a garden wall in Redland, Bristol, August 2020
Little doors on a garden wall in Redland, Bristol, August 2020
Open doors on a garden wall in Redland, Bristol, August 2020
Open doors on a garden wall in Redland, Bristol, August 2020

And now I revert to a few more archive street art doors from 2018 including rather a lot of shutter pieces:

Alex Lucas, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Alex Lucas, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
3rdeye, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
3rdeye, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Zase, Newfoundland Road, Bristol, September 2018
Zase, Newfoundland Road, Bristol, September 2018
Guts, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Guts, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
3Dom, Frogmore Street, Bristol, August 2018
3Dom, Frogmore Street, Bristol, August 2018
Joel Aroyo, Barcelona, March 2018
Joel Aroyo, Barcelona, March 2018
3rdeye, North Street, Bristol, January 2016
3rdeye, North Street, Bristol, January 2016
3Dom, Raleigh Road, Bristol, January 2018
3Dom, Raleigh Road, Bristol, January 2018
T-Rex, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
T-Rex, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Nevla, Hepburn Road, Bristol, October 2018
Nevla, Hepburn Road, Bristol, October 2018
Rezwonk, Moon Street, Bristol, October 2018
Rezwonk, Moon Street, Bristol, October 2018
Kaldea, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Kaldea, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

So another week passes us by in this ‘groundhog day’ existence, but to break the mould, I am taking a few days off work next week to recharge the batteries, and you just never know I might get to photograph a few more new doors. Whatever you are up to, I wish you a great week.

If you have made it this far, you probably like doors and you really ought to take a look at the Norm 2.0 blog – the originator of Thursday Doors where there are links to yet more doors in the comments section at the end.

 

by Scooj

Thursday doors – 9 July 2020

Doors 114 – More street art doors

There is no end to my busy period, I rarely seem to have time to come up for air. I am writig this when I should be tucked up in bed. To make things easier for me until I get a bit of a break I have once again plundered my archives for some more street art/graffiti doors, first published in 2018. Enjoy…

Graffiti door, Lydstep Terrace, Bristol
Graffiti door, Lydstep Terrace, Bristol
Alex Lucas, Charlotte Street, Bristol, November 2017
Alex Lucas, Charlotte Street, Bristol, November 2017
Paul Monsters and Loch Ness, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Paul Monsters and Loch Ness, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Buff Monster, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Buff Monster, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Door, 161 Essex Street, New York
Door, 161 Essex Street, New York
Barcelona door, March 2018
Barcelona door, March 2018
Alex Lucas, Stokes Croft, Bristol, February 2018
Alex Lucas, Stokes Croft, Bristol, February 2018
NEVERGIVEUP, Moon Street, Bristol, April 2018
NEVERGIVEUP, Moon Street, Bristol, April 2018
Unify, Shoreditch, London, February 2018
Unify, Shoreditch, London, February 2018
Andy Council, West Street, Bristol, April 2018
Andy Council, West Street, Bristol, April 2018

So that’s it for another week. I’m off fishing in Cornwall this evening and for the weekend… I’ll be thinking of you all.

If you have made it this far, you probably like doors and you really ought to take a look at the Norm 2.0 blog – the originator of Thursday Doors where there are links to yet more doors in the comments section at the end.

 

by Scooj

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Top 5 doors from 2018

Norm has suggested that we post a review of our door year and I am a bit of a lazy so and so, so I will simply post my top 5 doors from the year…the ones that did it for me.

The featured image, the door of the dead in Citta di Castello would have come in at number 6.

Number 5 – Montpelier, Bristol

Door, Montpelier, Bristol
Door, Montpelier, Bristol

Number 4 – Fowey, Cornwall

Fancy Fowey doorway, August 2018
Fancy Fowey doorway, August 2018

Number 3 – Citta di Castello, Umbria, Italy

Door with plenty of character, Citta di Castello, Umbria, Italy
Door with plenty of character, Citta di Castello, Umbria, Italy

Number 2 – Barcelona, Spain

Door, Barcelona, March 2018
Door, Barcelona, March 2018

Number 1 – Bristol

Door, Bob Ballard, Bristol, Thursday Doors
Door, Bob Ballard, Bristol, Thursday Doors

There is a theme here, which perhaps defines my kind of door, can you see what it is?

So there it is. My favourites for the year. I look forward to viewing contributions from other interweb ‘doorsters’.

Thank you Norm for orchestrating Thursday doors and this querky community.

by Scooj.

More 2018 annual review doors at: Thursday Doors – Norm 2.0

 

 

1830. Barcelona

There are so many shutters in Barcelona. Shutters on shops and shutters on the entrances to apartment parking lots. There is also a huge graffiti/street art culture. Put the two things together and you get an awful lot of sprayed shutters…some much better-looking than others. This is one I took a bit of a shine to.

Joel Aroyo, Barcelona, March 2018
Joel Aroyo, Barcelona, March 2018

It is by Joel Aroyo, who I think sprays rather a lot of shutters and I would guess many of them commissions. The Beetle car is iconic and this piece reflects that status. Overall a nice shutter.

1829. Jardins de les Tres Xemeneies, Barcelona (4)

The joy of going through archives is unearthing old pictures and this is especially pleasurable when they are from trips away. I took this picture in the Jardins de les Tres Xemeneies, Barcelona last March, on a short break with my daughter. I am indebted to No Grey Walls for telling me about the spot, which I’m not sure I would have found without his advice.

Kram, Jardins de les Tres Xemeneies, Barcelona, March 2018
Kram, Jardins de les Tres Xemeneies, Barcelona, March 2018

All I know about the piece is that it is by Kram, and that it is in the middle of what looked like a collaboration wall. In my view, I think this was the best bit of the wall and the only artist I could identify. No Grey Walls may be able to add more. One of the luxuries of posting holiday street art is that you aren’t expected to know anything about the artists, and guess what…

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Door 52

Well here you have it – one year of Thursday doors on Natural Adventures. Technically speaking I have been doing this for just over a year now, but have missed the odd week now and again. For my own satisfaction though I couldn’t really celebrate one year of Thursday doors until I had completed 52 weeks.

Just the one door this week, and one I know little about. I took the picture while on a short break in Barcelona back in March and it combines two passions…Doors and street art. I don’t know the artist, and I am way too lazy to look up much about the building the door is on, besides which I don’t think it really matters. It is just a great door.

Door, Barcelona, March 2018
Door, Barcelona, March 2018

by Scooj

More amazing doors at: Thursday Doors – Norm 2.0

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Door 31

Barcelona door, Thursday doors
Barcelona door, Thursday doors

Back to Barcelona again (a rich source of doorage) and a little look at a couple of the enormous appartment doors that can be found in the more affluent commercial areas of the city. This door was sandwiched between two rather exclusive shops, and was typical of the rather imposing entrances in the area. I particularly liked it because of its Tolkeinesque design – elves live here.

However, this door is not the main event of this post. Much of the attraction I have for doors is imagining what lies on the other side – does the door provide any insight or is it a barrier to discovery?

One of these large doors happened to be open when my daughter and I strolled past, and oh my! what an incredible lobby area lay on the other side. I was utterly overwhelmed by the decoration and detail to this entry way.

Beyond the Barcelona door, Thursday doors
Beyond the Barcelona door, Thursday doors

So we stepped closer to get a better look…

Beyond the Barcelona door, Thursday doors
Beyond the Barcelona door, Thursday doors

From the ceiling to the floor, this lobby oozes class. Stunning ornate plasterwork on the ceiling draws you in past the beautiful tiled walls and marble steps. and on either side of the steps metalwork rails (which appear to have no purpose other than decoration) lead you a second interior set of doors.

Beyond the Barcelona door, Thursday doors
Doors beyond the Barcelona door, Thursday doors

The beautiful inner set of doors are worthy of a Thursday doors post in their own right, and the crazy lampshade seems to be utterly at home in this visual feast. Now I don’t know if this is typical of Barcelona appartments, but I think it is amazing that so much effort has gone into something that will be seen by so few people. This is a city that seems to be proud of putting on displays, and for the visitor it is awe inspiring.

 

by Scooj

More doors at: Thursday Doors – Norm 2.0

 

 

 

 

1450. Jardins de Walter Benjamin (1)

Hot on the heels of my last post which featured a piece by Oreo, I found this one about half an hour later on another legal wall not far from Jardins de les Tres Xemeneies. At this spot, most of the work is by graffiti writers, occasionally punctuated by street art pieces like this one.

Oreo, Jardins de Walter Benjamin, Barcelona, March 2018
Oreo, Jardins de Walter Benjamin, Barcelona, March 2018

I love this. Mickey mouse with a badass bear head and a spray can at the ready and of course a halo to cap off the character. The piece keys in nicely with the writing to the right of it, and I wonder if they were sprayed at the same time. If not, then the two pieces have been cleverly integrated. More from this spot to come in due course.

1449. Jardins de les Tres Xemeneies, Barcelona (3)

Just about everything I know about this wonderful artist, Oreo, I have found out from the excellent No Grey Walls blog, written by Lewis Duncan, who was pivotal in directing me to some great legal walls in Barcelona for my trip there just before Easter.

Oreo, Jardins de les Tres Xemeneies, Barcelona, March 2018
Oreo, Jardins de les Tres Xemeneies, Barcelona, March 2018

The artist of this bear character is French artist Oreo (also painting under the names of Zack aka the scientist and Badassbearz). His works, which are instantly recognisble, appear all over Barcelona, and I managed to bag a few during my stay of which this was the first. In this piece Oreo presents us with the good and the bad bear and cleverly uses the box in the middle of the wall to separate out the two sides. Nice crisp work.

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Door 29

I usually like to present one door at a time in my Thursday doors posts to allow for a thorough examination of the door, without the distractions of others. However, sometimes it is appropriate to look at several at once – besides which, how else will I be able to clear out my archive of doors?

On a recent trip to Barcelona with my daughter, I noticed that in the old city many of the doors to apartments above shops were extraordinarily thin and tall. Some were so slender that you wonder how larger people might manage. Were they designed this way to maximise the space for the shop front? or was there some other reason for this architectural design? Answers on a postcard…

Here are a few of the many doors we saw:

Barcelona door, March 2018
Barcelona door, March 2018
Barcelona door, March 2018
Barcelona door, March 2018

 

Barcelona door, March 2018
Barcelona door, March 2018

This door was open, and what I saw inside was not at all what I expected. This is not a place for those afraid of confined spaces. Immediately behind the door, there was a stone spiral stairtcase, tighter than any I have ever seen before. By the look of it on the doorbell, there are eight apartments through this door. The mind boggles at the logistics of meeting people travelling in opposite directions, and looking at this through the lens of the British pre-occupation of health and safety – isn’t this something of a horrific fire escape risk? Interesting as it is, I fret every time I look at this picture.

Barcelona door, March 2018
Barcelona door, March 2018

by Scooj

More doors at: Thursday Doors – Norm 2.0