Early in 2017, ten reclaimed and recycled front doors were hung on walls in locations across the streets of Bristol. They were left to organically gather their own identities from the life happening around them.
Nine months later and the doors were detached from their urban dwellings. They are now part the first of many residencies of a very different nature; in galleries across the country.
The project was orchestrated by local conceptual artist, Beau.
When Beau set off hanging his doors around Bristol, he had little idea what was to be made of them, but to him a front door symbolises having a place to live – something which many people across the UK do not have access to.
And this was exactly the point of the project, which he aptly named ‘Outdoors’.
“I wanted to challenge our perceptions of beauty and worth. Outdoors shows how we interact with the world around us,” said Beau.
“The doors were hung in plain view on city streets; many largely ignored by passers-by. Street art culture adopted some of the sites, integrating them into graffiti artworks, but others were completely neglected from the limelight.”“Cuts to housing, mental health and social services are driving more and more people into critical homeless situations which is more than rough sleeping. The hidden homeless community is often out of sight – sofa surfing, crashing with friends, staying in squats or communal homes, hostels and long-term B&B residences are all forms of homelessness experienced often for years,” said Beau.
“There are twice as many people living on the streets in Bristol than there was this time five years ago. This is happening right around us, yet we walk on past.”
The doors have now been framed and are on display from 15 December at 44AD in Bath. From there they will appear across the UK on a tour of venues in 2018 culminating in an auction in December 2018.
100% of profits will be donated to charities supporting people in critical need in the South West.
Beau’s thought-provoking work has caught the attention of his peers in the art world.
Ralph Steadman, best known for his accompanying work to Hunter S. Thompson’s ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’, said, “I love the idea and am fascinated to see what transpires.”
15 December to 20 January, 44AD 4 Abbey Street, Bath, BA1 1NN.
Free entry. 12am to 6pm (Sun 1pm to 4pm).