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How 'Tiny Doors ATL' became an itty-bitty sensation

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Maintaining all those awesome, diminutive entryways across Atlanta is serious work, though

Tiny Doors ATL — the namesake of those small-scale doors and Lilliputian architectural installations in neighborhoods all over Atlanta — just celebrated the construction of its two most recent additions.

Armed with a "tangible tiny permit" from the City of Atlanta, Tiny Doors ATL Artist and Director Karen Anderson set to work on the hollow spot of a hardwood near the Fort Walker Entrance of Grant Park and another at the Grant Park Farmer’s Market.

Anderson invited the public out for a ribbon-cutting and "tiny parade" between the two locations Sunday. (Check out the photos below.)

She said the newest doors — like many of them — were made at the request of folks in the community. And, like all the other doors Anderson’s created in neighborhoods around the city, each has its own unique look.

"They’re all different," Anderson said. "For instance, I asked people in Grant Park to send me pictures of the doors in the area. And, I realized that Grant Park doors have to have windows."

Even though putting windows on her Tiny Doors can be a bit of a pain — "windows are hard to maintain" — she designed the two new neighborhood additions accordingly.

In total, Anderson spends anywhere from 10 to 15 hours per week maintaining the 11 Tiny Doors around the city. That includes the one at her original Krog Street Tunnel location, which she created more than two years ago.

"I wasn’t trying to start a movement," Anderson said. "I was trying to join the conversation. I was trying to figure out how to find my voice as a three-dimensional artist."

At the time, she lived near Krog Street Tunnel and felt it was simply a great place to start.

And then, a funny thing happened.

"Other artists started making tiny things ... I found a box of tiny Flying Biscuits, and later there was a tiny Atlanta Journal-Constitution that appeared there."

Since then, the movement has continued to grow. Anderson has been interviewed in national publications, and she gets constant requests for her art in Atlanta neighborhoods and at area businesses.

For her part, she just gets a kick out of it.

"I love it when people tell me fairies live there or mice live there," she said. "I’m just trying to create as much space for imagination as I can. And, I’ll keep doing this for as long as Atlanta is interested."