Artist Jonathan Wright’s tiny doors are trailing fairy dust in the public spaces of Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Wright, who is also children’s book author, began Urban Fairies Operations by building tiny doors in his house to surprise and excite his kids. Inspired by his kids’ delight at the fairy doors, Wright decided to take his doors public.
The first fairy door opened on April 7, 2005 outside Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea in downtown Ann Arbor and they slowly expanded into other local establishments and were even built into books in Ann Arbor’s Public Library and hospital. Even Google’s Ann Arbor office has a tiny doorway with a sign that says “Giggle.”
People can peer into the miniature lives behind these doors to find intricately designed items like stairways, tables and other knick-knacks. Children leave pennies, candy, doll-house furniture and notes outside the fairy doors. The whimsical doors attracted a lot of attention, bolstering local businesses with their magical quality.