Why limit viewing art to only museums or galleries? We’re excited when we can walk, turn a corner, and discover public art in an unlikely place. For travelers like us, accessible art turns a city into a vibrant place that we want to visit.
Before we arrived in Madeira, we saw a website about the painted art doors in the city of Funchal. Why painted art doors? The idea is to team-up an older neighborhood of the city that needed revitalization with artists seeking an audience. The city’s officials sought to “open the doors of the city of Funchal to art and culture.” The artists’ “canvases” would be the neighborhood’s doors. The first door was painted in 2011, and, today, one can see over 120 painted art doors in Funchal.
Seeing those doors quickly rose to the top of our “things-to-do” list. We took out our little touring map and noted the locations of these painted doors. We spent time on three days tracking them down and taking photos.
The lanes are narrow and many of the doors aren’t far apart. Some lanes were lined with outdoor restaurant dining – a challenge to photograph but a wonderful backdrop for the diners.
Believe us when we tell you the doors were wonderful to see. Since we’ve only shown you 12 doors, you’ll need to make the trip to Funchal to enjoy discovering the rest on your own.