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.

Tom and Alice didn't let their work inspire their scraper. Not as easy as they thought. But after a few hours of stories about dramatic tent holidays, good food and drinks, socializing with friends, dogs who are always everywhere, intense emotions, differences between Dutch and Belgians, travel and vegetarianism. There was the consensus that a dirty tent and a camper was the ideal imagination of this wonderfully warm family.

Tom en Alice namen zich voor niks in de schraper te verbeelden dat met hun werk te maken heeft. Geen makkelijke opdracht zo bleek. Maar na een paar uur verhalen over dramatische tentvakanties, lekker eten en drinken, gezellig samen zijn met vrienden, honden die altijd overal bij zijn, heftige emoties, verschillen tussen Nederlanders en Belgen, reizen en vegetarisme. Was er de consensus dat een vuile tent en een camper de ideale verbeelding was van dit heerlijk warme gezin. 
Created on January 10, 2021
Ferdinand Coosemansstraat 23, 2600 Antwerpen, Belgium

Hunted by Tim Marschang.