When something like these two surfaces grabs me, I always take a closeup of the texture. Not that I want to recreate it in fabric, but I am recording my admiration in this ‘visual diary’, and possibly in time I will find inspiration in some aspect of it. These obviously already appealed in terms of grid layout and texture. There are more fabulous door examples here, and a few of some old safes and strongboxes here.
Left: Gate in city wall, Cairo Right: Safe in Cabildo, Montevideo
When we saw this fabulous C19 safe in the recently restored original Montevideo Cabildo on the Plaza Matriz, it reminded me of the fabulously textured reinforced door I snapped in Egypt 10 years ago. Check out the keyhole in the centre of the detail (lower right) Some day when I have time (to wait around) I’m going back to inquire if anyone has the key to this old safe – as I’m sure that it too is a work of art, and I’d love to see it. Momentarily inspired, I just googled ancient keys – and my goodness, there are some beauties there. I could spend hours more wandering via the keyboard, but not today.