Actually lots of them – and they are not meant for adults.
These secrets are intended for kids.
Sometimes children can be unintentionally left out of things; for instance, the design process revolving around constructions like buildings, parking lots or even homes.
One children’s writer and artist in the city of Ann Arbor has made it his mission to include the younger crew in an unusually inviting way, and in the most unsuspecting places. If you look close enough at nearby elementary schools, inside tea shops, markets, on shelves, hidden in fireplaces or even curbside amidst a normally lackluster parking lot – you may catch a glimpse of something a little curious.
Tucked in just the right places for little observers to catch notice, Jonathan Wright has carved out spaces made entirely for children. The Urban Fairies Operations is one of his offerings to the community.
Reusing small materials like scraps of wood, toys, doll furniture and other items, he replicates intricate scenes that look like cozy fairy homes. The little doors really open into a miniature world of wonder, and passersby inquisitively get to peer inside. Visitors also leave behind small tokens at the doorsteps for the little inhabitants.
The tradition started at Wright’s own home as part of storytime with his children. The doors began to pop up around the house, which of course were welcomed by the kids. The fairy excitement couldn’t be contained to the Wright home and it spread throughout the town beginning in 2005 with the first public sighting of a fairy door.
Businesses are probably begging to have a door installed at their location. The town’s hospital, library and local Google workplace are just a few of the lucky receivers of the fairy portals, and the Google door is complete with a sign that lightheartedly says “Giggle.”
This is a wonderful idea to display artwork, reprocess materials and reuse tiny objects that most would just toss out. But donating time and recycling the smiles of local children and residents are the best gifts.
This enchanting way to make children feel welcome and part of the space they live in is a needed design, and one that surely makes adults refocus their attention to the small sized, yet miraculous wonders that are right in front of them.
Open a door.
All photographs are the property of Jonathan Wright and The Urban Fairies Operations.
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