I was going to park this post in respect for the message written today by Norm Frampton on Thursday Doors … until I got to the end. So, as requested, this post is intended to highlight a little more of the beauty in the world rather than its ugliness.
Please go read Norm’s message today.
We’re surrounded by doors in our environment – exterior doors, inner doors, office doors, doors everywhere – but they’re often ignored by us as functional objects that simply provide privacy, security, or comfort from the elements.
That pretty well sums up my reaction to the doors I saw on my short trip to Florida … functional, not particularly note-worthy. Sorry Florida, it’s nothing personal.
At least that was my opinion until we visited the vast John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota.
The history behind this museum is rocky … a private collection left to the State of Florida in 1936, a long legal battle with creditors of the Estate, neglect and mismanagement, and finally put under the stewardship of the Florida State University in 2000.
It is now the State Art Museum of Florida.
Not only is this museum massive in size and impressive in presentation, but I discovered it is an extraordinary place to visit if you love doors.
We had time to visit only a small part of the building and it seemed that every door I saw was wonderfully different from all the others.
So. Many. Doors!
… and given the chance, I would return to this museum in a heartbeat to see what other door treasures were in the rest of building I didn’t get to see.
Thursday Doors is a weekly photo feature hosted by our Supreme Door Master, Norm Frampton at Norm 2.0.