Friday, 4 November 2011

There's a large wall that holds back a few gardens and houses on Kennet Road in Tidworth.  
It's plain and relatively uninteresting...until some very naughty person with a can of spray paint did this.  It really makes me smile, and I've found myself taking this route on purpose (which is currently an A338 diversion - the worst signposted diversion IN THE WORLD).  I could so easily go another, less round-the-houses way. 
I realise that it's naughty because it's defacing the wall, but it could so easily have been a rude word or a rude picture, so it's not entirely mindless!  Is it there because the erm, 'artist' wants a short-cut around that wall - it's a good 500 metres from the bus stop to the first house...and uphill.  Or is it a sprayed by an idealist who thinks that the slightly smiley door can be a helpful reminder to those stepping off the bus that there's always another door to open?  I can't accept that it's just mindless grafitti - after all, why a door?! I want to think it's Narnia-esque - a nice reminder that even a brick wall has something worth investigating behind it.  It's telling us to take the time.  
No wonder it makes me smile, I'm so busy looking for inspiration that I'm trying to read brick walls!

32 comments:

Scrapcat 1 said...

I totally agree with you Julia, I don't think it's mindless graffiti, I like the door and what it may represent!

Bella said...

It must really have made an impression on you if you took the time to take this photo! I like it too in its quirky way, if you read Harry Potter, to me it is a bit like the station platform 9 and 3/4

Quirky Boots said...

imagine how many people must be talking about that 'artists' door on the wall :) i love it x

Angie said...

I enjoyed that post ...defiate food for thought ...and yes ...why a door if there was not meaning behind it. I wish the 'artist'? could see what he/she started. lol

I was thinking the other day about how wide spread woyww has become ...maybe .... if we all register our county/state and country one week ..on the link possibly ... some one could mark every one off on a map ....for posterity ...maybe on the 3rd Aniversery ...just a random thought lol

Helen said...

Love it! There is a place for good graffiti and this is fun!! Think Angie's idea about where we live is great for next year's anniversary.

Brandi said...

Now you have me intrigued too... let us know if you ever find out the why... until then we can continue making up reasons for it's existence. Which is super fun by the way. :)

Kirsty.a said...

Fun, and defintely better than mindless 'tags'

Latinacreativa said...

I love it, and if I lived near you, I'd show up at your door with several cans of paint on a late night to go "finish" what has already been started! :)

Yours Artfully said...

I'm with you Julia....naughty but nice. It did make me smile too.

Lin

Annie said...

There is definatly a magic place on the other side of that door....dragons, fairies and big dandelion clocks.....yes my imagination is running wild now :-)
Hugs,
A x

Carmen said...

Reminds me of those cartoon shows where they paint the door on a wall and then open it and walk through. Love it :)

Spyder said...

yay to the brick wall artist! There used to be a door in the wall where my parents used to keep their car, until the owner of the house on the other side, decided he didn't like people walking through his garden to get to their houses, (there was a path put right through his garden, so I guesshe had a point) In the end it was bricked up and the path on the other side, is now lawn... Have a great weekend
(Lyn)

Airing cupboard stamping said...

Ha ha. I can't believe you actually stopped and took a photo you really are a true blogger!!!!

As you well know my house is just behind the wall so I see this everyday and I love it. The first time Bells and I saw this we really did laugh out loud. As you said it is so much better than the usual F off!!!

Good luck tonight packing for crop and enjoy your hours sat on the floor matching papers to photos. I will be there the painkillers are finally starting to work!! Just be warned I will probably high as a kite so I should not operate the oven, Cricut and Kettle. Oh and I will grab the milk. x x x x

Tracy said...

When I saw the picture I thought of an old childrens programme. Cant think what it was called, but it was about a little boy who climbed the ladder over a wall into a garden where all his drawings came alive. The song went something like "My name is Simon and the things I draw come true."

Nicks said...

graffiti fascinates me, not the mindless stuff but there are some fantastic artists who deface walls.... ok this isnt done by an 'artist' but then what makes an artist?? I love it, it makes me smile

Dori Melton said...

Oh, I super-love this. I am exactly the same... looking for inspiration and aren't doors full of them? Thanks for taking the long way 'round & sharing this doorway to the imagination with us all.

MaggieC said...

Can I come and join you in your journey through the door to Narnia, please? Your mojo is definitely not awol if you can think of things like that.

GLENDA BROOKS said...

I don't think it was mindless! It definitely struck a cord with you...and got you to thinking. I'm with you, I kinda like it!

Claireliz said...

I like it too. It got you thinking, me thinking & a few others thinking too. Yay to the "anonymous artist".
C
xx

Kim said...

This is too funny! All of us "artists" are fancying about what is behind the door. I feel sorry for all those mundanes who don't stop to take the time to "see" it or think about it. I'd keep detouring this way too, just to see if anything gets added! LOL!

famfa said...

Like it. Love the fact you noticed it was smiling.

Alison Barclay said...

Very cool! Thanks for sharing. :)

Katie said...

I love that. I just want to be able to walk through that door and see what's on the other side!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

A smiling door would take me out of my normal way to run errands. This is a great way to get over those mojoless days. It's good you found it. It shows you are paying attention to life and art!

Morti said...

Oh that's funny! Love the door - I'm with Latinacreativa, I'd show up with paint to go and do a trompe l'oeuil and make it look like a real door!

and I also think like Tracy - the TV programme was Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings, and the little boy drew things on a brick wall and when he climbed over, they came to life....

ScrappnBee said...

LOL! ...and here I thought that you were going to go all Secret Garden with your post!... I guess a shortcut is better... have a great (albeit detoured) day!

Neet said...

mm - maybe if you knock on it someone will open the door for you.

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

I thought this was cute!! But having been away so long my mind could be warped. Cute post

fairy thoughts said...

no wonder it made you smile, it's brilliant. maybe done by a budding banksey.

peggy aplSEEDS said...

wow, Julia, you can make a post about a drawn door on a brick wall so interesting! how do you do that?

The Crafty Elf said...

I want to smile/laugh at this but I know I shouldn't!!!! That so called art is against the law here but it makes me think that someone is trying to be an artist....I think! Glad it's not my brick wall!

Sue from Oregon said...

My office basically sits within feet of the railroad tracks and I love sitting and watching the graffiti laden railcars...some untapped talent there...! Very fun Julia!