According to Wikipedia… “A door is a moving structure used to block off, and allow access to, an entrance to or within an enclosed space, such as a building or vehicle. Doors also have an aesthetic role in creating an impression of what lies beyond. Doors are often symbolically endowed with ritual purposes, and the guarding or receiving of the keys to a door, or being granted access to a door can have special significance. Similarly, doors and doorways frequently appear in metaphorical or allegorical situations, literature and the arts, often as a portent of change.
”We have some very special doors here in our office. They are the original classroom doors from the building when it was the Cedar Street School. The school closed in the seventies, and sat vacant until the current owners purchased it in 2007 and did a LEED renovation that was completed in 2009. During the time the school was vacant the doors underwent quite the transformation. Decades of sun and rain and temperature change had quite an effect on these doors. An interior designer would call them distressed or weathered.
We call them WONDERFUL!
You can see the decades in the layers of color.
The drab light blue, maybe from the 40s, remain-
The mint green from the 50s peeks out around the edges-
The mod orange of the 60s boldly emerges-
The olive green and harvest gold of the 70s shine through brightly-
Cracked and marbled, mismatched and perfectly coordinated, they are a work of art. They have been hung on barn door sliding hardware, which makes their opening and closing even more dramatic.
All of the practitioners in this space are about walking with their clients and patients through the transformative process of seeking health. Walking through a doorway is always a transition, but walking through these doors, we are reminded that who we are in this moment is indeed a compilation of our lifetime of experiences. Everything shapes us. And just like these doors, that is beautiful indeed.
Written by Beth Grimshaw