Country refuge | Bootscraper art

Set in semi-circular niches beside the front doors of most homes, these ground-level holes are often overlooked but also fascinate many people. They're actually  boot scrapers, used by visitors to clean the mud off their shoes before entering the house. They’ve been around since the 18th century and are almost like a predecessor to the modern door-mat. Like any functional piece of architecture, many of these iron pieces are highly decorative, complementing the overall design of the building they are attached to.

To give these historical memorabilia a new meaning: a community project transforms them in tiny artworks inspired by stories of the people who live there. To avoid spoilers and enhance the fun we don't share the exact location so you need to look for them. Happy hunting.

The day before the interview, this family bought a country house in the "Kempen". It was their big dream to have a place in the green to be able to go with their two sons. The foot scraper connects their town house with their country refuge.
Deze familie ondertekende de dag voordat ik er op gesprek ging de compromis voor een buitenverblijfje in de kempen. Het was hun grote droom om een plekje in het groen te hebben om naar toe te kunnen gaan met hun twee zoontjes. De voetschraper verbind voor hen hun huis in de stad met hun buitenverblijf. 
Created on November 12, 2020
Haantjeslei 108, 2018 Antwerpen, Belgium

Hunted by Tim Marschang.