Ann Arbor seems like a normal, bustling Michigan city. It attracts a lot of college kids, so there's a constant buzz of energy to it. However, if you take your time and pay attention as you stroll through the city, you'll notice a tiny secret about Ann Arbor.
Hiding among the coffee shops, small businesses, and office buildings are things you'd never expect to see outside of a children's story. They're called "fairy doors," and they've developed a loyal following in the city of Ann Arbor. I know what you're thinking - fairies don't exist, right? Well, while we're in no position to either confirm or deny the existence of fairies, what we can confirm is that these doors are a fun art installation created by Jonathan B. Wright.
What started as a fun piece of art for his young daughters has evolved into something that locals and tourists alike look forward to discovering as they stroll through the city. Check out the pictures below to learn more about these delightful little doors. And, who knows? The next time you visit Ann Arbor, you might catch a glimpse of one of these magical creatures ...
See it? Follow the dog’s gaze outside of this gift shop, and you'll see it: a tiny fairy door.
The creator of these doors, Jonathan B. Wright, is the author of the children's book, Who's Behind The Fairy Doors?
His first door found in public was outside Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea in 2005.
The Peaceable Kingdom door appeared 10 days later.
These whimsical little portals began at his home, for his daughters, in 1993.
Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea got a second door, located inside this time.
Wright has even gone so far as to stage miniature, fairy-sized scenes.
Even Mott Children’s Hospital gets a fairy door.
If I didn't know any better, I'd think that was just a power outlet. Instead, it's a tiny door just for fairies.
The Google office in Ann Arbor has a little competition.
There's a tiny door outside the Selo/Shevel Gallery.
If you were walking too fast, you'd miss the intricate detail and beauty hidden in plain sight.
This one, located at Red Shoes, is an exact replica of the front entrance.
Sometimes, kids will leave pennies and toys for the fairies.
There's a very quiet one in the Ann Arbor District Library.
If I were you, I wouldn't take one of those books ... you might be stealing part of a fairy's home!
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