Neighbor fun

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.

Bert and Saar celebrate many parties together with the neighbors. Play streets, spring cleaning, street parties,… it all happens in the street. The scraper is therefore not only their story but the story of neighbors who make the city cozy together!
Bert en Saar vieren samen met de buren veel feesten. Speelstraten, lentepoetsen, straatfeesten, … het gebeurt allemaal in de straat. De schraper is dan ook niet alleen hun verhaal maar het verhaal van buren die de stad samen gezellig maken! 
Created on March 3, 2021
Van Trierstraat 54, 2018 Antwerpen, Belgium
Hunted by Tim Marschang.

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Date created2021-03-03T23:00:00.000Z
Marker typeartwork