Behind dark, twining ivy,
On an old, Victorian wall,
Where moths and small flies flutter,
And spiders weave and crawl,
There’s a rusty lock that’s hidden
In a peeling, old oak door –
They who find the key are bidden
To unlock a treasure store,
For behind those creaky hinges
Lies a garden of delights,
Only known to special people
Who appreciate such sights.
Once an ailing, sickly schoolboy
To whom life was only pain
Found the garden and its pleasures,
Helped him grow and thrive again.
A young woman walked unaided
Midst the sunshine and the flowers,
And a man, betrayed by heartache
Found true comfort in those bowers.
Seek the door, unlock its treasures,
For it’s there for everyone
In that special, secret garden
Where the love goes on and on.
The photos below show artist, Rhett Johnson, and his buddies dismantling a cabin that George Spotts ( yes two t’s ) helped build in Weston, MO in the mid 1800s. This cabin was deconstructed , numbered and labeled (each log ) and reconstructed on the outskirts of Taos, New Mexico. It became a bed and breakfast cabin . Rhett got the doors and sundry bits from the cabin site. I used the lath from the cabin to make the weathered wood door. Rhett and his wife Kelly Buntin Johnson, found Mr. Spott’s name drawn on an interior wall of the store on Main Street in Weston where their gallery Diddy Wa Diddy was located. This was the boarding house/room where men slept. Rhett and Kelly think that Mr. Spotts just built the cabin but did not reside there as this was a white part of town.
80 unique doors will be showcased on two gallery walls in the main public area of the Ronald McDonald House being built in the heart of downtown Chicago near Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital. The doors are meant to symbolize the philosophy that ” The doors of Ronald McDonald House are always open for you.” To learn more click on the following links:
- About this project: http://www.chrisduhartmaker.com/?p=880
- Wall gallery template: http://www.chrisduhartmaker.com/?p=894
- Slideshow of finished doors: http://www.chrisduhartmaker.com/ronald-mcdonald-house-doors-of-hope-gallery
- Cold roll steel – flowers and stems
- Recycled wood from a cabin dating back to the 1800’s
- Various found objects, including upholstery nails and pen parts – flowers
- Hand built ceramic – blue dog