I just met the creative genius behind TinyDoorsATL!
Happy Labor Day Weekend! I hope you’ve had some down time to recharge for the approaching fall season. We invited the ‘hood over last night for a movie night on the lawn. Essentially we set up a projector on the garage door and watched an animated movie (Incredibles 2) with everyone and their kids. I never sit and watch whatever we show, I’m usually catching up with my equally busy entrepreneur neighbors, running around getting supplies for people and playing hostess. Hnat complaining at all, this party is more for us to come together and hang out because unfortunately I didn’t always have such friendly peeps I lived next to.
This morning the weather was accommodating so I took a ride on the Beltline. I LOVE living just blocks away from the entrance because it gives me an excuse to get out on my bike. There’s something about riding a bike, hands off the handlebar mindfully balancing myself, that makes me feel like a kid again. We have to tap into more youthful experiences like that!
So I was coming back from the new side of the trail, heading towards the Krog Street Tunnel, smelling of fresh graffiti spray-paint. You know with all the artwork that lines Wylie street (the one parallel to Dekalb Ave). Well on the East-side corner of Wylie and Krog Street is TinyDoorsATL numbero UNO door ever and I whizzed past the artist on my way home. As I was going through the tunnel, I stopped and turned around because I would’ve been disappointed if I didn’t go and intro myself.
See, I’ve been fascinated with these Tiny Doors popping up ever since I saw her first one on the Beltline, which I believe is actually TinyDoorsATL #2. It’s the rainbow door by the Old Fourth Ward Skatepark (O4W) that you see on the left-hand side of the bridge traveling south towards Ladybird and Krog Street Market.
And then there is TinyDoorsATL #13 on the Eastside trail as you head through the bridge from the Beltline entrance before passing Trader Joes and Metro Fresh. The Paris on Ponce door #6 you can see on the Beltline as well (below), usually kids taking pictures with it (OMG so cute how curious they are).
After checking out Karen’s website and learning that #9 is at King of Pops - I have to go now to see it for myself. There is also a TinyDoorsATL at the infamous Fox Theatre (yes that’s theat-re, NOT theater), two in Grant Park, at the stadium - seventeen doors all together in Atlanta. I love them and want to visit them all!
Karen has partnered with Bicycle Tours of Atlanta to offer TinyDoorsATL tours which is just brilliant! I think I’m going to do this in the Fall with a group to support this whimsical artist because her creations really transport me back to childhood! Hit me up if you’re interested...
As soon as I met Karen and posted the story on Insta, I received a message from Abby, who I used to take TRX class from in VaHi before she moved to the ultra-hipster area called Brooklyn. And guess what? Karen used to be her neighbor! Small, er I mean, TINY world!
PS: This is NOT a sponsored post. I have a reverence for artists and love to blog about our town and things that move me and I think you’ll enjoy learning about as well!