Mermaid's mansion | 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.

Virginia and their daughter call their home 'the mermaid mansion'. Because it is a house full of women.
Two mermaids swim in a lake while reading on the side of the water.
As a journalist and translator, language occupies a major place in their lives
Virginia en  en hun dochter noemen hun huis ‚the mermaid mansion‘. Omdat het een huis vol met vrouwen is. 
Twee zeemeerinnen zwemmen in een meertje terwijl  zit te lezen aan de kant van het water. 
Als journaliste en vertaler neemt taal een grote plaats in in hun leven 

Created on October 29, 2020
Coebergerstraat 30, 2018 Antwerpen, Belgium

Hunted by Tim Marschang.