The weather is warming, Junction has finished and there is an air of excitement and whimsy as residents discover tiny coloured doors at architectural landmarks throughout the city.
Ten miniature doors have been discovered, with the elusive artist moving out from Launceston’s CBD to the School of Architecture at Inveresk and towards West Tamar, with installations found at Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery Royal Park and Kings Bridge Cottage, Trevallyn.
The project’s creator, who goes by the name Lord Scabar, told The Examiner the doors were part of a larger project.
QVMAG Visual Arts and Design curator Ashleigh Whatling said the “cute” doors had made residents look at their city in a new light and appealed to our desire to find things.
“Street art makes people re-evaluate the city, its architecture and surrounds,” Ms Whatling said.
“They’re making people look at our buildings again and they’re opening up their eyes to what was already there.”
Ms Whatling said she hoped the installations would show people how “awesome” street art could be.
“It democratises art in many ways. Street art is cool because it side steps what we think we should feel about art,” she said.
Tourism Northern Tasmania chief executive Chris Griffin said the doors had brightened Launceston and made people happy.
“They’re just a really fun, light-hearted expression of Tasmania’s sense of humour,” he said.
“When you see installations attracting attention like this, you know you’re in a really engaging community.”
City of Launceston general manager Michael Stretton said the council was all for the tiny door project, with no special permission required.
“Public artworks like this are a sign of vibrancy and they certainly appear to be something that has people talking,” Mr Stretton said.
“They’re creative and quirky, and we like them.”
Up York Cafe owner Samuel Lynch said he discovered the tiny green door outside his business on Thursday and people had been dropping in to see it.
“It reminds me of geocaching, like a treasure hunt,” Mr Lynch said.
“There’s definitely some electricity around the town. I expect there to be more movement,” he said.
Karen Revie, of The Holographic Lounge Room at Up York, said they would have some fun with their door by making it interactive.
“We are bringing some Lego figures and a silicon glue gun and want to get our customers involved,” Ms Revie said.
“We like the fact Launceston is getting more interactive. We’re going to have some fun.”