Still, this fundraising campaign promises to produce the most different look yet: A tiny plaza of sorts surrounding the door, where contributors’ names or messages (anything that can be expressed in up to 10 tiny engraved letters), will permanently live on. There are special package deals for multiple brick purchases.
A whimsical twist on the well-known buy-a-brick fundraising technique, the monthlong campaign will also help solve a problem that’s arisen from the doors’ unforeseen popularity. Like many public art projects, they tend to be uniquely “loved” by the public at times: People touch them, practically climb on them to take selfies and sometimes add their own graffiti or messages. Throw in the usual wear and tear of weather and exhaust fumes that comes from being outdoors (except for one inside Little Shop of Stories in Decatur), and the all-volunteer Tiny Doors ATL crew of artists have had to add “tiny maintenance worker” to their resumes.
“We spend 10-15 hours a week maintaining and cleaning the doors and making them photo-ready,” said Tiny Doors ATL director Karen Anderson. “The funds we raise will go toward maintaining and upgrading the (stability of) the doors.”
You can check out all seven existing doors (plus three temporary ones that are part of Art on the Atlanta Beltline) online at www.tinydoorsatl.com. That's also where to see the new video, which is sort of a one-stop tour of the doors and the tiny bricks campaign that features that soundtrack by Saliers, a friend of Anderson's and the tiny doors idea.
The campaign runs through Oct. 31. As of Tuesday morning, it had raised nearly 21 percent of its goal. To buy a brick and find out more about the fundraising campaign, go to https://c4atlanta.org/tiny-doors-atl.