Day 93: Something Beautiful—Spectacular Doors

Something Beautiful is a 2013 self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of the year.

Today I thought of doors. Ornate, unusual, remarkable doors. Doors I’d seen on my first trip to Europe. You may forget the house, but never the doors in Germany. On Mykonos, the stucco is white, fresh, and unremarkable—but not so the loud and unabashed colored doors.

By the photos I took on those trips, one might have expected that I had been on a door pilgrimage or crusade. But I was not. Just captivated by fascinating portal art and the meanings people assign to that symbol.

And, so, today I thought of doors. I searched for them and found this beautiful piece of Americana. A great photo by Art Whitten. The Nebraska State Capitol east chamber doors. 


All the exuberance of an Columbian mola. Iconic symbology on the scale of the Egyptians. But the distinctive blend of shape and color unmistakably North American West. This is much more than a door. A portal. A monument. A beautiful piece of art.


About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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