Bold Doors in Boulder
Organized by SMART (Sustainable Material + Art), a Boulder-based, volunteer initiative working with the Center for Resource Conservation (CRC), Bold Doors 2012 challenged artists (both professional and amateur) to use a reclaimed door and transform it into art. The result? Ninety-seven one-of-a-kind doors that combine art with sustainability.
As a walking exhibition, Bold Doors 2012 is not your run-of-the-mill art show. Instead of viewing all of the pieces in one area, the doors are dispersed in various businesses across Boulder. Using the official Bold Doors map as a guide, the exhibition turned into a scavenger hunt of sorts. While each business displayed the number of the door they had in an easily visible area, finding the doors themselves wasn’t as simple. Sure, there were those businesses that display the door in the storefront window, but for the majority, doors were placed further in the business, inviting the viewer to come inside.
With nearly 100 doors submitted, the variety of creativity was astounding. Artists used all sorts of doors: cabinet doors, closet doors, entry doors and even an Easy Bake oven door (among others). While the majority of artists did not alter their doors (you can still tell that it’s a door), many transformed them into functional pieces. Take for example “Cat Scratch” by Sally Mills. Mills converted her door into a cat scratching station outfitted with dangling toys, climbing steps and a perch on top for your furry friend. Or there’s “Reading Door,” a door transformed into a seat equipped with slots underneath to store books.
Some images of Bold Doors from 2012:
And a video about the project: