White peacock | 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

Peter lost his sister two years ago. When Steven got the bad news that his sister was ill, he was standing in front of a taxidermist's window. There stood a White peacock. So he has great symbolic value to him. ON her deathbed, his sister arranged for him to receive a gift after her death to buy a stuffed white peacock. 
However, it turns out that this peacock is not that easy to find and it turns out to be very expensive. 
Hence this miniature peacock. It is a comforting image to him that reminds him of his sister, as well as some of the other people he lost in the past year.
Created on October 7, 2020
Happaertstraat 30, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium

Hunted by Tim Marschang.