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Dinky Doors: a new fairy-sized gateway appears at Jesus Green


By Alex Spencer


A miniature gateway that whisks travellers away to the country park of their choice is the latest creation from Dinky Doors.

Dinky Doors new door at Jesus Lock. Picture: Keith Heppell. (12161395)
Dinky Doors new door at Jesus Lock. Picture: Keith Heppell. (12161395)

The new fairy-sized door has appeared on Jesus Green and promises to take anyone small enough to the grassy delights of Milton or Wandlebury Country Parks.

And, this time, everyone is included in the invitation as the anonymous art collective has made their new door wheelchair-friendly.

A spokesperson for Dinky Doors said: “We received a parking fine on our car, which we think is a message from the Supreme Leader. We think they're saying that parking is fine, i.e., going to lots of parks, is a fine and perfectly pleasurable activity. So, we're making a portal that makes it easy to go to other parks.

“The door’s name is the Ride and Park. In other words, you go on a ride to get to a park. The portal spins around so you can choose which park you want to go to. It also glows in the dark because it's magical, obviously, but also because it's got some photoluminescence powder in it.

Dinky Doors new door at Jesus Lock. Picture: Keith Heppell. (12161218)
Dinky Doors new door at Jesus Lock. Picture: Keith Heppell. (12161218)

“This time the door is much more disability-friendly. We've had people comment before that all of our doors so far don't have access for wheelchairs, so we've made sure this one doesn't have this problem.

“There's a lift on the front that goes from ground level to the raised platform. There are safety barriers and a little button box to raise or lower the lift. We wanted the 'nest' part of the door to look all natural, and the platform to be industrial - as if the portal was one day discovered and then they made a platform to access it.

“This whole door is made of metal. A dinky first, which is why it's taken a while to construct. We had to learn to weld.”

The door is located on Jesus Green, by the lock and the pedestrian bridge over the Cam.

Dinky Doors new door at Jesus Lock. Picture: Keith Heppell. (12161232)
Dinky Doors new door at Jesus Lock. Picture: Keith Heppell. (12161232)

Other Dinky Doors around the city include Love From Above, in All Saints Passage, the Reality Checker, which eagle-eyed visitors to Parker’s Piece may have noticed, and the Teleport-O-Matic machine that is tucked away between some very well-known phone boxes. There’s also Number 10 and 1/4 Downing Street, a Dinky post office and the Wonder Emporium. Alas a further door has disappeared.

Find out more at dinkydoors.co.uk.

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